quicken the/(one's) pulse

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quicken the/(one's) pulse

To fill one with excitement, interest, or anticipation. Few things quicken the pulse like sky diving. Unfortunately, the only thing that quickened my pulse during this movie was the beginning action sequence. The rest was a bore.
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The park's ecologist says that survey showed that the Quickening Cote area had a high density of 40 pairs of skylarks which would be easily disturbed in the nesting season, deterring breeding.
In Quickening, she also explores the negative and positive realms of domestic relationships through memories of a first marriage and love for a mother: "I stand outside under the moonlight.
As those familiar with de Beer's work might expect, The Quickening's plot is less a motor for character development than elaborate window dressing for the artist's dense referential games.
Zoffany 6.10 Naas SP forecast 2-7 Won a bit of a nonsense of a race on his debut three weeks ago, quickening best off a very slow pace.
That was, presumably, just greenness and he was soon travelling strongly on the bridle before quickening before quickening clear..
Most horses quicken for a few hundred yards, but this horse just kept quickening for three furlongs and Christian Williams couldn't pull him up.
Philip Robinson overcame a potentially troublesome outside draw, crossing Millistar over to dispute the lead with Kinvara Lass before quickening up inside the final two furlongs to beat seasonal debutante Very Agreeable.