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whet (one's) appetite

To induce or increase one's interest in something. The first chapter of that novel really whetted my appetite—I'm eager to read more of it tonight.
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whet someone's appetite

Fig. to cause someone to be interested in something and to be eager to have, know, learn, etc., more about it. Seeing that film really whetted my sister's appetite for horror films. She now sees as many as possible. My appetite for theater was whetted when I was very young.
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whet one's appetite

Arouse one's interest or eagerness, as in That first Schubert piece whetted my appetite; I hope she sings some others. This idiom, first recorded in 1612, transfers making one hungry for food to other kinds of eagerness.
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whet someone's appetite

COMMON If something whets your appetite for a particular thing, it makes you want it. Winning the World Championship should have whetted his appetite for more success. Her appetite already whetted by the book, she took a trip to England. Note: You can also say that something whets the appetite. The series is entertaining, and it certainly whets the appetite. Note: To whet a knife means to sharpen it.
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whet someone's appetite

stimulate someone's interest by partial revelation.
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ˌwhet somebody’s ˈappetite

make somebody feel hungry; make somebody interested in something: Don’t eat too much of this dish. It’s only to whet your appetite for the main course.One of my teachers lent me a book about climbing, and it really whetted my appetite.
If you whet a knife, sword, etc., you make it sharper.
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The Israel Ballet is celebrating its thirty-fifth anniversary this season with a showcase of programs to whet the appetite of many a balletomane.
The relatively recent Camden Medical Centre, Hong Kong appears in model form -- enough to whet your appetite.
It will whet the appetite of neuroscientists," says Giovanna Spinella of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke in Bethesda, Md.
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The new Renault Laguna is officially unveiled in September at the Frankfurt motor show, but Renault is releasing sneak preview snaps of various details to whet our appetites.
FOLLOWING the first-ever Liverpool Lesbian and Gay Film Festival last year, FACT is ready to whet your appetite for the sequel later on this year.
The idea is to expand the appeal of the entry-level car to those looking to whet their appetites for luxury sedans.
While alcohols eems to dampen nursing behavior, a hint of garlic may help whet a baby's appetite.
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No one person can take full credit for this growing appetite for dance--Hurok Attractions had stopped booking any moderns by 1948--but no one person did more to whet it for classical ballet than Hurok.
Who doesn't welcome those tantalizing, appealing tidbits, or small bites that whet the appetite?
The detailed descriptions of the hikes, which include day and overnight backpack trips, whet your hiking appetite with clear directions and data on local history, flora and fauna.