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cotton (on)to (someone or something)

1. To like someone or something; to view someone or something favorably. It takes me a while to cotton to new people—I have to get to know them first. After we explained our plan again, the rest of the group seemed to cotton onto it.
2. To begin to understand something. Thanks for explaining that concept to me—I think I'm cottoning onto it now.
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cotton (on)to someone or something

Rur. to begin to like or agree to someone or something quickly. She began to cotton to Fred, despite his country ways. She cottoned onto Jane's way of thinking.
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cotton to

1. Take a liking to, get along with, as in This dog doesn't cotton to strangers. Although this verbal phrase comes from the noun for the fabric, the semantic connection between these parts of speech is unclear. [Early 1800s]
2. Also, cotton on to. Come to understand, grasp, as in She didn't really cotton on to what I was saying. [Colloquial; early 1900s]
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cotton to

1. To take a liking to someone or something: That dog doesn't cotton to strangers.
2. To come to understand something: I finally cottoned to the new computer system.
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Nevertheless many of the benefits of Bt cotton to the environment and to society require further documentation especially the less tangible benefits such as increased population densities of wild life and greater effectiveness of beneficial insects for pest control
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Seth Akber expressed the hope that the cotton sector would increase acreage of next crop season with continuity of free market mechanism in the country by producing sufficient cotton to meet 30 percent shortage of cotton in domestic industry, which would add overall growth in the national GDP.
Consumers perceive cotton to be natural, soft, and comfortable.
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He urged farmers to improve quality and per acre production of cotton to attract premium price from the lucrative international markets.
from raw cotton to its value-added finished products with the view to boost the countrys exports.
But as agriculture becomes more consolidated, online trading offers a producer the opportunity to sell cotton to a buyer halfway across the country or the globe.
Since then, however, the price of cotton per pound has declined annually to new and improved levels and things are looking up for suppliers of cotton to the nonwovens industry.
Now, with DDB, we feel that we can effectively develop a coordinated strategy of communicating the benefits of cotton to consumers in a multi-media format.
MULTAN -- Agriculture experts have underlined the need for removal of weeds from cotton fields to overcome post-rain hazards and urged farmers to opt for picking clean cotton to attract premium price.
What does all of this mean for suppliers of bleached cotton to nonwovens?