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Because there is a force that wants you to realize your destiny; it whets your appetite with a taste of success.
Paulo Coelho  --  The Alchemist
  to increase a sense or desire

or more rarely:  to sharpen a knife or other cutting edge
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  • Because there is a force that wants you to realize your destiny; it whets your appetite with a taste of success.
    Paulo Coelho  --  The Alchemist
  • She says every time I lose it in front of the press, I only whet their appetites for more.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • Sometimes you didn’t know until after Mouse jumped on you whet her he was hugging you or trying to kill you.
    Rainbow Rowell  --  Eleanor & Park
  • It was good eating; but I’d had my appetite whetted for fried middling meat to go with it.
    Fred Gipson  --  Old Yeller

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  • Then I went out into the kitchen, took the steel out of the rack and began to whet the bayonet.
    James Lincoln Collier  --  My Brother Sam is Dead
  • Free choice of any of the pink and nubile female flesh I had ever dreamed of could not have so ravishingly whetted my appetite.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Why dost thou whet thy knife so earnestly?
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • Noah, from a box in the kitchen, brought out the bow-bladed butchering knife and whetted it on a worn little carborundum stone.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • I have an idea that Van Helsing thinks he knows, too, but he will only let out enough at a time to whet curiosity.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • The poor morsel of food only whetted desire.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

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  • Yah knaw whet t’ Scripture ses.’
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • These fragments of nourishment served only to whet my hunger.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • Then she began to whet her knife.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • I did express my concerns whet, you appointed —
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • He resolved to whet it in the galleys and to bear it away with him when he departed.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • All this, though it whetted my curiosity, told me little that was definite.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • This visitation Is but to whet thy almost blunted purpose.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • The prospect of so idyllic an interim added to the inspired stealth with which he whetted his wire, filed it to a Umber stiletto fineness.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • The wits that have just made a clever woman laugh must be whetted!
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • He led her to a secret place far from the house, whetted his pocketknife on a stone, and cut the offending halter of speech.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • Soft scene, daring demonstration, I would not have; and I stood in peril of both: a weapon of defence must be prepared — I whetted my tongue: as he reached me, I asked with asperity, "whom he was going to marry now?"
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • ] Since Cassius first did whet me against Caesar I have not slept.
    William Shakespeare  --  Julius Caesar
  • Let every man be sure his point is whetted, his shield well slung.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • The elf was whetting his long knife.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • Madam, I come to whet your gentle thoughts On his behalf:— OLIVIA.
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • Not come: whet appetite.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • He’d made the blade himself, mounted it and whetted it sharp.
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn  --  One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • I was watching to see where he kept his razor, when lo and behold, he takes the harpoon from the bed corner, slips out the long wooden stock, unsheathes the head, whets it a little on his boot, and striding up to the bit of mirror against the wall, begins a vigorous scraping, or rather harpooning of his cheeks.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Then he crept to his place by the fire, sat himself down, and began to whet the knife softly on the stone, still muttering, mumbling, ejaculating.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • The razor is dull; he tries to whet it upon the side of one brogan, but the leather is ironhard and wet with dew.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • —A thimbleful, John, he said, just to whet your appetite.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Of course, I whet up now and then and flirt out a minor prophecy, but not often—hardly ever, in fact.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • —and now an elephant, as a preliminary whet before dinner.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • Behind him came a peasant, and he too was evidently tired, for he stopped at once without waiting to mow up to Levin, and began whetting his scythe.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • When Amy had whetted her tongue and freed her mind she usually got the best of it, for she seldom failed to have common sense on her side, while Jo carried her love of liberty and hate of conventionalities to such an unlimited extent that she naturally found herself worsted in an argument.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • Conspicuous among these latter, like an animated bit of the spiked wall of Newgate, Jerry stood: aiming at the prisoner the beery breath of a whet he had taken as he came along, and discharging it to mingle with the waves of other beer, and gin, and tea, and coffee, and what not, that flowed at him, and already broke upon the great windows behind him in an impure mist and rain.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • But this anxiety whetted his pleasure, and, all alone in his tub, he congratulated himself on his luck and on his cuteness.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • And the Rwandan example whetted the appetites of some of Burundi’s Hutu elites.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • When their faces turned, Mr Cooger inside the nephew went silently blinkclick, blink-click, listening through the toy ears, watching through the toy-charm eyes, whetting the doll’s mouth with a Pekingese tongue.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • Much watching of Louisa, and much consequent observation of her impenetrable demeanour, which keenly whetted and sharpened Mrs. Sparsit’s edge, must have given her as it were a lift, in the way of inspiration.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • But, as the State whets the appetite of the mob by needlessly parading witness after witness before this Court, as the State inflames the public mind further with the ghastly details of this boy’s crimes, I shall listen for the State’s Attorney to tell this Court why Bigger Thomas killed.
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • Or in a corner at a party, while the glasses clink and somebody beats on a piano, you talk with a stranger whose mind seems to whet and sharpen your own and with whom a wonderful new vista of ideas is spied.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • Us old folks appreciate whetting just as much as the young, or maybe more.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • He paused, his gaze settling on Reilly, and added, ’Whether you intended it or not, my appetite is whetted.’
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • May be, he hears the King Does whet his anger to him.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry VIII
  • All the surrounding cottages were more or less scenes of the same operation; the scurr of whetting spread into the sky from all parts of the village as from an armoury previous to a campaign.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • He whetted the shining blade a long time on a little carborundum stone.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Red Pony
  • There were strong signs of a general curiosity, and Buckstone said: "Well, you have whetted us up pretty sharp, Wilson, and I’m free to say that if you don’t mind telling us in confidence—"
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd’nhead Wilson
  • A glimpse of Mr. Gryce’s crestfallen face even suggested that she had done wisely in absenting herself, since the disappointment he so candidly betrayed would surely whet his appetite for the afternoon walk.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • She herself had no fears of it, and the books scattered about her drawing-room (a part of the house in which books were usually supposed to be "out of place"), though chiefly works of fiction, had whetted Archer’s interest with such new names as those of Paul Bourget, Huysmans, and the Goncourt brothers.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
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