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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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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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So, children don't see their parents engrossed in a book, which can pique one's interest. They might wonder, as we did, what is it about a tome that can keep people engaged for hours.
Many offer enough detail to pique one's interest, but clearly could serve as the basis for more substantial, in-depth studies.
The book may pique one's interest in socialist thought, but the overdependence on Marx's writings is off-putting, as is Foster's assumption that socialism is the best of all possible systems.
Although Her Story does pique one's interest with its selection of women and visual timeline format, its strength is in the illustrations, not the text.
But with 1,800 tequilas on display, and approximately 450 available for service at any given time, depending on supply and demand, there easily are at least a few bottles to pique one's interest.
Just enough information is given, and conflicts left unresolved, to pique one's interest in the anticipated third installment.