grow on

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grow (up)on (someone or something)

1. To become more liked and appreciated by someone. I didn't like her bubbly new assistant at first, but she grew on me in time.
2. To become more obvious to someone. Unease grew upon me as we walked into the creepy old house.
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grow on someone

1. Lit. [for a fungus, tumor, parasite, etc.] to live and grow on someone's skin. I've got this stuff growing on me and I want to get rid of it. Is that an ink stain or is something growing on you?
2. Fig. [for something] to become familiar to and desired by someone; [for something] to become habitual for someone. This kind of music grows onyou after awhile. Kenneth sort of grows on you after a while.
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grow on

Also, grow upon.
1. Gradually become more evident. For example, A feeling of distrust grew upon him as he learned more about the way the account was handled . [c. 1600]
2. Gradually become more pleasurable or acceptable to, as in This music is beginning to grow on me. Jane Austen had it in Pride and Prejudice (1796): "Miss Bennet's pleasing manners grew on the good-will of Mrs. Hurst." [c. 1700]
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grow on

or grow upon
1. To be nourished by something and develop in size or quality: Wheat does not grow on sandy soil. Baby mice grow on only a few drops of milk every hour.
2. To become gradually more evident to someone: A feeling of distrust grew on me.
3. To become gradually more pleasurable or acceptable to someone: Just wait; the bitter taste will grow on you.
See also: grow, on
References in classic literature ?
Posky, who fled from her bungalow one night, pursued by her infuriate husband, wielding his second brandy bottle, and actually carried Posky through the delirium tremens and broke him of the habit of drinking, which had grown upon that officer, as all evil habits will grow upon men.
To me, at least, the presence -- not of human life only, but of life in any other form than that of the green things which grow upon the soil and are voiceless -- is a stain upon the landscape -- is at war with the genius of the scene.
And he gave it for his opinion, "that whoever could make two ears of corn, or two blades of grass, to grow upon a spot of ground where only one grew before, would deserve better of mankind, and do more essential service to his country, than the whole race of politicians put together.
Such, however, is the hardness of spirit, and the insensibility to danger that grow upon men in the wilderness.
So we must plant him at once, that other Sorcerers may grow upon his bush," continued the Prince.
The tank of soapsuds, and the air-pumps to inflate the bubbles, were out of sight beneath, so that when the bubbles began to grow upon the floor of the platform it really seemed like magic to the people of Oz, who knew nothing about even the common soap-bubbles that our children blow with a penny clay pipe and a basin of soap-and-water.
Yes,' I continued; 'I never mentioned it before, because I was ashamed to do so; but now I'll tell you that it distresses me, and may disgust me, if you go on and suffer the habit to grow upon you, as it will if you don't check it in time.
You should study less, good sir, and take a little pastime, or these night whimsies will grow upon you.
I am sure you are right,' she returned; 'and so it is that bad habits grow upon one
A blonde stubble had commenced to cover his neck and cheeks and chin, and with it the assurance that he was no stranger continued to grow upon the girl.
None can fashion such roads now, but the king suffers no grass to grow upon it.
His hair, his eye- brows, and the downy beard that had begun to grow upon his chin, were pale almost to whiteness.
For willow wands do not grow upon the cobblestones of London town.
People told them what to see, when to see it, how to stop the electric trams, how to get rid of the beggars, how much to give for a vellum blotter, how much the place would grow upon them.
Adding to the excitement of the menu changes, Pressed Juicery will grow upon the company's existing 20 California locations, with plans to open new stores in the Orange County, Los Angeles, and San Francisco Bay Area markets throughout the remainder of 2014 and into 2015.