take a fancy to

Also, take a liking or shine to. Be attracted to someone or something, as in They took a fancy to spicy foods after their Mexican vacation, or I'm hoping he'll take a liking to the water, now that we have a cottage on a lake, or We think Bill's taken a shine to Betsy. The first term was first recorded in 1541, the first variant in 1570, and the last, a colloquialism, in 1850.

Nearby words

  1. take a break,
  2. take a chance,
  3. take a crack at,
  4. take a dim view of,
  5. take a fall,
  6. take a fit,
  7. take a gander at,
  8. take a hand in,
  9. take a hike,
  10. take a hint

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