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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.
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pique someone's curiosity

 and 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.
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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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"It's a slip up which is going to last a long time, but we need to take a step forward," Pique added.
Pique is relishing a return to Old Trafford but has warned his Barca team-mates that they need to kill off United.
"Be careful - the Davis Cup should not become the Pique Cup.
Pique, who is famous for his open disliking for Barca's arch-rivals Madrid, said now was not the time to analyse whether it was right or wrong to dismiss Lopetegui but hinted he disagreed with his former coach's methods in the negotiations.
In the single jersey, 1x1rib, interlock, single pique, and fleece knitted fabrics, the loop lengths were set equal in the knitting machine.
While Pique was behind the wheel, his girlfriend Shakira was riding shotgun on the footballer's home team's turf,TMZ reported.
The source added that Shakira, who has two sons with Pique, could no longer cope with the situation, without giving more details.
Catalonia's independence referendum has made its way onto the soccer field with fans of Spain's national team targeting defender Gerard Pique. Nathan Frandino reports.
IKOLI VICTOR DOHA Barcelona trio of Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba were welcomed by hundreds of delighted soccer fans during a promotional meet-greet event at the iconic Mall of Qatar on Wednesday.
BARCELONA coach Luis Enrique will be forced to rejig his defence after Gerard Pique was taken ill.
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GERARD PIQUE revealed his relief after he struck late to start Spain's European Championship defence with a victory.
A late winner from Gerard Pique gave Spain a 1-0 victory over the Czech Republic in their opening match of Euro 2016.