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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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TEES Valley's growing appetite for producing quality local food is whetting the palate of national and global retailers.
It begins with a sword whetting ceremony where honorary doctors whet their swords with the assistance of an escort.
The author props her second work against African American literary heavyweights like The Color Purple and Sula, but it is in fact able to stand on its own--the comparison therefore perhaps slightly dulling the appetite rather than whetting it.
George Bush (the elder) did that, whetting Pyongyang's appetite.
The last essay on the University of Padua, 1405-1600, reflects Grendler's early effort in the history of Italian universities during the Renaissance, demonstrating his first exploration of the riches of the Paduan university archives and whetting our appetite for his newest scholarly endeavor.
It's supposed to whet the appetite for the movie but early verdicts suggest that there was little whetting going on.