acquired taste


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acquired taste

Something, especially food or drink, that is unpleasant at first, but which becomes (or will become) more enjoyable over time. I once thought sushi was totally gross, but I've found that it's something of an acquired taste.
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acquired taste

Something one learns to like rather than appreciates immediately. For example, Because it is so salty, caviar for many individuals is an acquired taste, or With its lack of decorative detail, this china pattern is definitely an acquired taste. [Mid-1800s]
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Perception, whether through vision or any other sense, is an acquired taste.
Rare are those people unable to feel the brief, sudden vertigo of that very moment when what one sees is suddenly reconfigured by one's mind into something wholly different: Sandback's art needs no explanation, it is not an acquired taste.
Janacek can be an acquired taste and some will find this more than a little challenging but the dramatic power and sheer passion makes the effort worthwhile.
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While Chaminade's works may, for some, be an acquired taste, there is plenty of historical and musical value in them.
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It seems that Cronenberg, even in a playful-mood, is still an acquired taste.
There's a key to every picture, and then there's a copy of the picture, not a blatant forgery but something more subtle and sinister, so that we can only describe it by becoming it, like the shadow that walks alongside us, nameless, an acquired taste.
His aesthetic is an acquired taste, yet it is brilliant.
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Both are dark, intense and an acquired taste that won't suit everyone.
But Jeeves and Wooster is an acquired taste - a bit like Marmite one might say, and one that didn't sit well with me.
This year's second album, Arc, took the electronic pop quartet (a five–piece on stage) up a level and into the top five, but they still seem to be an acquired taste to many.
He was handed a plate of mealworms to try, but it seems that not only were they an acquired taste, but they positively stank and had a distinctive after taste.