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have an appetite

for something
1. Lit. to have a desire to eat something in particular.
I have an appetite for a nice big steak.
2. Fig. to have a desire to have, see, hear, etc., something.
Bobby has a big appetite for sports and activity.
Bob has no appetite for violence on television.
He has an enormous appetite for knowledge/success/etc
Tener ganas de/ sed de / apetecer

whet someone's appetite

(often + for )
1-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.
That first flying lesson whetted her appetite.
I did a short course last year, and it's whetted my appetite for study.
2- Fig. To cause someone to have a desire to eat.
When I saw all that food it whetted my appetite.
The smells in the kitchen whetted my appetite, and I decided to eat.
tomarle el gusto a/ estimular/avivar
Lose the appetite
to/for something
Not to have a desire to continue doing something anymore.
Not to feel anymore like doing something that you have being doing until now.
He’s more interested in money than he is in boxing.
He’s slower, weaker and has lost the appetite for fighting.
I have learnt quite a number of martial arts and done many fitness courses,
but have not lost the appetite for knowledge.
You lose the appetite to be a player and you start to love the
idea of being a coach.
Torres had seemed to lose the appetite to lead the attack.
The players can't just lose the appetite to play football after just one week.
Quitársele a alguien las ganas de hacer algo
No tener ganas de hacer algo