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: to excite or arouse especially by a provocation, challenge, or rebuff
sly remarks to pique their curiosity
he piques himself on his skill as a cook
variants or pique
: a durable ribbed clothing fabric of cotton, rayon, or silk
Verb The first chorus … stirred my heart, the second piqued my sense of camp and the rest of them had me checking my watch. —David Gates, Newsweek, 4 Mar. 2002 The posthumous revelation of Cheever's alcoholism, numerous infidelities and bisexuality may have piqued interest precisely because he presented himself so earnestly as the Man in the Brooks Brothers Suit. —Mary Gordon, New York Times Book Review, 6 Oct. 1991 Some environmentalists worry that the natural behavior patterns of whales are being altered by tourist boats that pique the animals' curiosity. —Jack McCallum, Sports Illustrated, 21 Aug. 1989 In case your interest is being piqued just an itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny … bit, the Davis Cup will confuse you totally by calling every competition between contending teams a "tie." —Frank Deford, Sports Illustrated, 11 Apr. 1988 Brightly colored objects pique a baby's interest. her seat companion piqued her by repeatedly poking her in the ribs Noun (1) And yet the democracy flourishing in Taiwan has been greeted in other parts of the Chinese-speaking world with a certain pique, and even with hostility. —Ian Buruma, New Republic, 3 Apr. 2000 … when a beast that weighs 1,200 pounds goes crazy with some kind of stupid pique or jealousy in a room not much bigger than the handicapped stall in the Denver airport men's room, bad things will happen … —Hunter S. Thompson, Rolling Stone, 15 Dec. 1994 He hit balls toward the umpire's chair and out of the stadium: he spat water toward the umpire on changeovers; and in still greater fits of pique, he broke three rackets. —Jamie Diaz, Sports Illustrated, 2 Mar. 1987 After a moment of pique, the senator responded calmly to his accusers. He slammed the door in a fit of pique. See More
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VerbAnother batch of items, including logo statuettes and neon Twitter bird light electric display are more Twitter-specific and may pique the interest of dedicated fans. —Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 16 Jan. 2023 The appearance of an unfamiliar object is a surefire way to pique a cat’s interest, perhaps even enough to try to ensconce themselves in it. —Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 12 May 2021 Those sentiments might pique German suspicions that U.S. officials are using national security misgivings as a pretext to promote American gas exports. —Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, 18 Mar. 2021 To pique the curiosity of name-brand acts, possibly, and most alluringly, the likes of Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. —Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 17 Sep. 2020 Baehr said Teneo’s website is crafted so as not to pique the interest of Senate staffers who might look up the group if one of its members mentions Teneo during a confirmation process for a judgeship or a cabinet position. —Andy Kroll, ProPublica, 9 Mar. 2023 If warm, autumnal colors don’t pique your interest, opt for a jewel-toned palette. —Bebe Howorth, ELLE Decor, 16 Nov. 2022 Greenwood hoped that her film would pique viewers’ curiosity about Montserrat and tempt them to visit—she’d even intended to premiere it on the island with the goal of luring some of those rock-star icons to return for a nostalgic look. —Mark Ellwood, Robb Report, 1 Oct. 2022 Sims said those phrases could pique the interest of federal law enforcement. —Peter Hermann, Washington Post, 3 Sep. 2022
NounAt the pique of the industrial age, about 50 to 60 years ago, businesses differentiated between strategic customers and regular ones. —Milind Katti, Forbes, 8 June 2022 And in 1985, at the pique of their popularity, life-sized Cabbage Patch dolls roamed the party. —Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 1 Dec. 2020 And his pique has manifested in other ways as well. —New York Times, 24 Apr. 2021 Lamia is motivated by grief; her children, fathered by Zeus, are killed by Hera, Zeus’ wife, in yet another mythological pique of rage. —Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 Mar. 2021 The president remained out of sight all day on Wednesday, venting his pique now and then on social media. —Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, 5 Nov. 2020 If logic, creativity and a little DNA pique your interest, be sure to check out Nanocrafter. —Carolyn Graybeal, Discover Magazine, 22 Feb. 2015 Their willingness to see the country fractured and destroyed through political pique goes to the heart of celebrity distrust and disrespect. —Armond White, National Review, 12 Aug. 2022 Great powers rarely make fundamental changes of national strategy based on pique, and Mrs. Pelosi’s visit was no greater provocation than her predecessor Newt Gingrich’s visit in 1997. —Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, 8 Aug. 2022 See More
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