take a fancy to

take a fancy to
• take a fancy to/for smb
• take a liking to smb
• take to smb
(smb) - to like (often followed by immediately).

I met this young man in the train just now, and I've taken a fancy to him already.

Mr. Short himself had taken a liking to George. (G. Gordon)

He had a warm, cheerful air which made me take to him at once. (A. Cronin)

Digest 16/2002
to like someone spontaneously; to develop a fondness for someone or something without the help of reason

They decided to buy the house without much discussion because they took a fancy to it.


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