to take a fancy to

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - take a fancy to

"to take a fancy to"

to immediately or spontaneously like or be attracted to


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - take a fancy to

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: I see the boss is spending a lot of time with the new intern. I also notice that the new intern is getting the best assignments. It seems like the boss really likes the new intern.

Colleague 2: Yes. The boss has taken quite a fancy to the new recruit.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - take a fancy to

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: Who would have thought it. It's not like we arranged it or anything but bringing Sam and Kim together worked out really well. Kim seems to really like Sam. She was hanging on her every word and asked her to stay a little longer when she said she had to go. I don't think I have ever seen Kim like someone so quickly. It usually takes her a little longer to warm-up to someone.

Friend 2: Kim really took a fancy to Sam. I talked to Sam this morning and she told me that Kim had already called and asked her out on a date.

Friend 1: Good for those two.

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to take a fancy to - Usage:


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to take a fancy to - Gerund Form:

Taking a fancy to stray dog on sight, she took it home with her.

to take a fancy to - Examples:

1)  He wasn't a one person dog but if he took a fancy to you it was a special experience.

2)  She immediately took a fancy to me. We would talk on the phone for hours.

3)  Fortunately, it felt natural being around the children and I took a fancy to all of them. I learned so much about the classroom setting and how ...

4)  ... awareness about pollution's impact on animals in the wild but smitten Jango took a fancy to the old banger and now treats it like a mate.

5)  The daughter in the hostel where they stayed took a fancy to the son but he ignored her.

6)  ... so nervous on my first day but everyone was lovely! And I took a fancy to the consultant. I thought he was brilliant he was so nice it made it ...

7)  As the Americans would say, I took a fancy to him, almost immediately. It was difficult not to like him.

8)  Sound-wise, I quickly took a fancy to the player's assured and eager presentation.

9)  After completing his basic training, he took a fancy to electronics, so he started a four-year 'on course' trade.

10)  One of the little girls took a fancy to Winston and didn't want him to leave! 

11)  Not to mention the fact that baby Marmaduke has taken a fancy to Graham and won't let him out of his sight without shrieking the place ...

12)  But whatever the parallel is, the City's bankers have taken a fancy to bees, and are hosting hundreds of thousands of them on their roofs.

13)  When we met up I could tell that Paula had taken a fancy to Michael, which was perfect because I fell for David straight away!

14)  Who knows how they learnt to use an iPod, but they have taken a fancy to anything shiny.

15)  Once you've taken a fancy to one special gentleman, it's time to get a date with him.

16)  Both students and investors have taken a fancy to Grand Canyon's business model, which appears to have hit the right balance ...

17)  We've compiled a list of game demos that we've taken a fancy to, ranging from big budget, brand name AAA games to quirky, little ...

18)  ... to come across a major producer, director or movie star who will take a fancy to them and provide them with that golden opportunity they've spent years waiting for ...

19)  That businessman sure didn't take a fancy to you. Are you losing your touch or what?

20)  If a solitary interviewer doesn't take a fancy to you, you're sunk, but in a panel, consensus can overrule ...