make (one's) mouth water

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make (one's) mouth water

1. To cause one to salivate or feel hungry. Just the thought of having a big seafood dinner tonight makes my mouth water. The smell of the burgers on the grill made Jake's mouth water.
2. By extension, to cause one to feel happy or excited, usually with anticipation. A business opportunity like that is enough to make anyone's mouth water!
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make someone's mouth water

to make someone hungry (for something); to cause saliva to flow in someone's mouth. That beautiful salad makes my mouth water. Talking about food makes my mouth water.
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make one's mouth water

Cause one to eagerly anticipate or long for something, as in Those travel folders about Nepal make my mouth water. This metaphoric term alludes to salivating when one anticipates food and has been used figuratively since the mid-1600s, whether it refers to food, as in The sight of that chocolate cake made her mouth water, or not.
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make your mouth water

1. If food or the smell of food makes your mouth water, it looks or smells delicious and makes you want to eat. The fragrant steam from the pot made his mouth water. It still makes my mouth water when I think of those pies. Note: People also use the much more frequent adjective mouth-watering to mean the same thing. Turn to page 25 for more mouth-watering recipes. This is the best place to sample mouth-watering local dishes.
2. If something makes your mouth water, it is very attractive or appealing to you. These were plants to make an amateur gardener's mouth water. The zoo's site in Regent's Park would make any developer's mouth water. Note: People also use the much more frequent adjective mouth-watering to mean the same thing. The perks that go with the governorship are mouth-watering.
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make someone's mouth water

1 cause someone to salivate at the prospect of appetizing food. 2 cause someone to feel an intense desire to possess something.
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