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in a pique
slang Annoyed or indignant, typically because one feels slighted or snubbed. Come on, don't get in a pique about what Alice said—I'm sure she didn't mean anything by it. Ugh, I forgot to invite Cal to my party, and he's in a pique about it.
pique (one's) (emotion)
To arouse a particular emotion in one. While the special effects looked impressive, it was the movie's approach to its female characters that piqued my interest. Nothing piques my ire like people who don't use their turn signals when they're driving! It's important to provide your children with experiences that pique their curiosity.
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in a pique
Fig. having a feeling of resentment; feeling that one's pride has been hurt. In a real pique, Anne insulted all of her friends. John's found himself in a pique over Bob's harsh criticism.
pique someone's curiosityand pique someone's interest
to arouse interest; to arouse curiosity. The advertisement piqued my curiosity about the product. The professor tried to pique the students' interest in French literature.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
ˌpique somebody’s ˈinterest, curiˈosity, etc.(especially American English) make somebody very interested in something: The programme has certainly piqued public interest in this rare bird.
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