One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Become fond of, especially without an obvious reason.
fancy, be attracted to, find attractive, be captivated by, be infatuated with, be taken with, desireView synonyms
- ‘The result of Napoleon's troubles was to cast the British and their allies as victors in France and flooded France with considerable foreign armies - many of which took a fancy to the towns and cities they passed through.’
- ‘It's not my kids I don't trust, it's the other ones, older children who may take a fancy to their bikes, pocket money, trainers etc.’
- ‘Goodness knows why I should take a fancy to jelly and blancmange.’
- ‘Henry, the youngest, took a fancy to me, this little baby girl, and I can remember him down on his knees, holding out his hands to me.’
- ‘The other day a random guy wandered into the library and took a fancy to her,’ Brian said as his lips pressed into a thin line.’
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