take a liking to

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take a liking to

  1. To develop a fondness for.
    • 1748, John Cleland, Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, page 33:
      He met casually with this Polly once in company, and taking a liking to her, makes it worth her while to keep entirely to him.
    • 1894, Justin McCarthy, Red diamonds, page 94:
      I don't know whether it does you credit or the reverse that I should have taken a liking to you.
    • 2006, Marc Eliot, Jimmy Stewart: A Biography:
      He had taken a liking to Osgood Perkins and was fascinated by Perkins's understated but effective style of acting.