whet one's appetite

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.
See also: appetite, whet

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.
See also: appetite, whet
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Get ready to spread the holiday cheer as Marks and Spencer presents deliciously-curated Christmas hampers which include picnic indulgences, chocolates, wine, and other delights that will surely whet one's appetite.
By the time night three rolls around, it's all become too chaotic, culminating in a manner that, while clearly intended to whet one's appetite for more, merely creates a sense of having been jerked around only to be left dangling.
By the time night three rolls around, it's all become too chaotic, culminating in a manner that--while clearly intended to whet one's appetite for more --merely creates a sense of having been jerked around only to be left dangling.
With nearly three hundred color photos, it has much appeal to armchair travelers and much to whet one's appetite for the big apple.
Such information may be of some utility to genealogists, and some of the early pages might arouse a reader's curiosity and whet one's appetite for more, but what is presented is a meager fare that is hardly satisfying.
At the time of the writing of this review that commentary has not yet been published, and this monograph can but whet one's appetite for what that will have to say in detail about the contents of this book which has clearly and, for us, rewardingly fascinated Whybray for all of his scholarly life.