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acquired taste

noun
1.
something that is unfamiliar or objectionable but becomes gradually more liked or accepted:
His modern paintings are an acquired taste.
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  • There is, it may be alleged, a native as well as an acquired taste.

  • "Poetry, like cucumbers, is an acquired taste," he said after a while.

    The Daffodil Mystery

    Edgar Wallace
  • Thereafter he became very fond of it, but plainly by an acquired taste.

    John Quincy Adams John. T. Morse
  • I am inclined to think the wildwood tang must be an acquired taste.

    Fibble, D. D. Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
  • Some say it is an acquired taste; that people do not take to it at first.

    Their Pilgrimage Charles Dudley Warner
  • “Afternoon tea is really an acquired taste with us,” said Patty.

    Patty's Friends Carolyn Wells
British Dictionary definitions for acquired taste

acquired taste

noun
1.
a liking for something that is at first considered unpleasant
2.
the thing so liked
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acquired taste

Something one learns to like rather than appreciates immediately. For example, Because it is so salty, caviar for many individuals is an acquired taste, or With its lack of decorative detail, this china pattern is definitely an acquired taste. [ Mid-1800s ]
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