Definition of take a fancy to in US English:

take a fancy to

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  • Become fond of, especially without an obvious reason.

    • ‘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.’
    fancy, be attracted to, find attractive, be captivated by, be infatuated with, be taken with, desire
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