take a liking to
Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
- To develop a fondness for.
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.