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Make the mouth water

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Make the mouth water to arouse in any one a strong desire for a thing—from the gathering of saliva in the mouth at the prospect of a savoury morsel
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wæter; Dut. water, Ger. wasser; Gr. hydōr, L. udus, wet, unda, a wave, Sans. udan, water.

Usage

In literature:

Never make water in the mouths of rivers which flow to the sea, nor yet in springs; but be careful to avoid this.
"Hesiod, The Homeric Hymns, and Homerica" by Homer and Hesiod
When you come and stay with me, you'll get the best food and drink on earth, and sport that will make your mouth water.
"The Moon Endureth--Tales and Fancies" by John Buchan
So he sang a magic song, and took some water into his mouth and blew it into the sky, in a spray, to make little stars.
"Myths and Legends of California and the Old Southwest" by Katharine Berry Judson
I have no ambition to climb Mont Blanc or the Matterhorn; Rome makes my mouth water but little, nor even Athens much.
"The Last Chronicle of Barset" by Anthony Trollope
I'll build a country seat there one of these days that will make the Devil's mouth water if he ever visits the earth.
"The Letters Of Mark Twain, Volume 1, 1853-1866" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
I'll build a country seat there one of these days that will make the Devil's mouth water if he ever visits the earth.
"The Letters Of Mark Twain, Complete" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
White delicately striped, exquisitely trimmed, and of a stuff to make the feminine mouth water!
"Evan Harrington, Complete" by George Meredith
They grow in cellars; and the thought of them makes my mouth water.
"The Grey Cloak" by Harold MacGrath
The smell of it makes our mouths water.
"Flowers from a Persian Garden and Other Papers" by W. A. Clouston
The very sight of 'em makes my mouth water.
"Dixie Hart" by Will N. Harben
Just to view its crispness was to make the mouth water.
"Carl and the Cotton Gin" by Sara Ware Bassett
I strove to shout, but the water rushed into my mouth and ears, and I could make no sound.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 108, October, 1866" by Various
The sight of it was quite enough to make one's mouth water.
"Elizabeth Hobart at Exeter Hall" by Jean K. Baird
Apart from the article, this picture alone is calculated to make one's mouth water.
"A Yeoman's Letters" by P. T. Ross
The child makes one's mouth water, after our fare at the mess!
"'Jena' or 'Sedan'?" by Franz Beyerlein
I will give you here some idea of the table of contents, which ought to make your mouth water.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 24 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Faith, I'll make the devil's mouth water like a baby cuttin' his stomach tathe.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 1, June 1893" by Various
To make the Patient continually receive, by his Mouth, the Vapour of warm Water.
"Advice to the people in general, with regard to their health" by Samuel Auguste David Tissot
The very thought of a lemon is sufficient to make the mouth water.
"Health, Happiness, and Longevity" by Louis Philippe McCarty
Just writing the words "apple-pie" makes my mouth water.
"Diary of an Enlisted Man" by Lawrence Van Alstyne
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In poetry:

Dumb with surprise! they sat rubbing their eyes,
To make sure they were not mistaken
—The little man's mouth watered, all down his back,
At the smell of the eggs an' bacon.
"The Travellers aka Twas a Dark and Stormy Night! (with knobs on)" by T W Connor

In news:

M EDLAR LUCAN and Durian Gray, in their infamous and lurid The Decadent Cookbook, describe decadent food as making your mouth water and your hair stand on end.
The Day-Glo golden color of this butternut squash bisque is sure to make your mouth water with anticipation.
Robust AMX automation, along with a flush-mounted TV in the cabinetry, make this kitchen remodel a mouth-watering entertainment hub.
We know that just the thought of a Thanksgiving feast is enough to make your mouth water.
There is something about the combination of chocolate, pecan, and caramel that makes my mouth water.
The room is dark, tables are set, I can feel the plates under my fingers when I trace my hand, the smell of delicious food makes my mouth water, but the only way to know what I am eating is through tasting it because I am blindfolded.
Sound Off October 1, 2005 Listen To The Message Years ago, my uncle "The General" advised me to keep my mouth shut and let many of the comments that others make bounce off of me like water off a duck's back.
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