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The little tastes of apple that he got only whetted his appetite.

Luella had elected him for her next; but he was away, and she whetted her wits on Eddie.

They waited for the hour to come, and whetted the knife before I took it in my hands.

The more I examined the thing, the more it whetted my curiosity.

This only whetted the zeal and inquisitiveness of the inquisitors.

Every knife in all his band was whetted for that particular scalp.

The more nearly the chisel can be whetted at the angle at which it was ground the better.

The conditions only whetted the Boxers to greater barbarity.

But oddly enough, the aggressive criticism only whetted his purpose.

The notch in Skofnung they whetted, but the more they whetted the bigger it was.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English hwettan, from Proto-Germanic *khwatjanan (cf. Old Norse hvetja "to sharpen, encourage," Middle Low German, Middle Dutch wetten, Old High German wezzan, German wetzen "to sharpen," Gothic ga-hvatjan "to sharpen, incite"), from an adjective represented by Old English hwæt "brave, bold," Old Saxon hwat "sharp," from Proto-Germanic *khwataz, from PIE root *qwed- "sharp" (cf. Sanskrit codati "incites," literally "sharpens"). Figurative sense was in Old English.

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