One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Appeal to someone.‘she'll grab any toy that takes her fancy’
attract, be attractive to, interest, be of interest to, please, take someone's fancy, charm, engage, fascinate, intrigue, tempt, entice, allure, beguile, lure, invite, draw, whet someone's appetiteView synonyms
- ‘Marks took to sending her poems; one particularly took her fancy, and she made him promise that if she did not live to see his book launch, he would recite it, a promise he was happy to fulfil.’
- ‘She just happened to be the one who took his fancy - and even that said something about him.’
- ‘Most poignantly, Mary recalls a young boy who took her fancy all those years ago and she arranges a reunion with him despite not having spoken together for almost 30 years.’
- ‘He caught on film whatever took his fancy, but more than the glamorous and opulent face of Europe, it was her ordinary, earthy face that attracted him.’
- ‘Levin used to have a near daily column where he wrote about whatever took his fancy: politics, opera or whatever.’
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