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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.
champagne taste on a beer budget
Expensive or extravagant tastes or preferences that are beyond one's economic means. I only earn minimum wage, but I can't stop buying designer clothes and eating at the best restaurants—I guess I've got champagne taste on a beer budget!
bad taste in (one's) mouth
A negative impression (based on something that has already happened). I don't know, man, the fact that he lied to you just leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
everything tastes of porridge
No matter how lost one gets in fantasy, the reality of day-to-day life (here represented by "porridge") is always present and cannot be ignored. Just remember, future Broadway star, that everything tastes of porridge.
Every man to his taste.
Prov. Everyone likes something different, and you should not condemn people because of what they like. (Can be used to remark that someone's tastes are different from yours, as in the first example.) Jill: Why don't you get some decent neckties, Fred? Fred: What do you mean, decent? My ties are perfectly fine! Jill: Oh, well. Every man to his taste. Ellen: People who like cats are much more discerning than people who like dogs, don't you think? Jane: Not necessarily. Everyone to his taste.
in bad tasteand in poor taste
rude; vulgar; obscene. Mrs. Franklin felt that your joke was in bad taste. We found the play to be in poor taste, so we walked out in the middle of the second act.
leave a bad taste in someone's mouth
[for something] to leave a bad feeling or memory with someone. The whole business about the missing money left a bad taste in his mouth. It was a very nice hotel, but something about it left a bad taste in my mouth.
Fig. to be ready for a fight; to be ready to attack; to be ready to act. (Like sharks, which are sent into a frenzy by the smell of blood.) Lefty was surrounded, and you could tell that the guys from the other gang smelled blood. The lawyer heard the crash and came running—smelling blood and bucks.
*so bad one can taste it
Fig. very much, indeed. (*Typically: need ~; want ~; have to do something ~.) I want that car so bad I can taste it. He had to get to Philadelphia so bad he could taste it.
Fig. to experience something exciting, and perhaps dangerous, for the first time. She had tasted blood once, and she knew that the life of a race-car driver was for her. Once you taste blood, you're hooked.
*taste for something
a desire for a particular food, drink, or experience. (Typically: get ~; have ~; give some-one ~; acquire ~.) The Smiths have a taste for adventure and take exotic vacations. When she was pregnant, Mary often had a taste for pickles.
taste like more
to taste very good; to taste so good as to make one want to eat more. This pie is great. It tastes like more. Mom's cooking always tastes like more.
taste like something
to have the same taste as something. This stuff tastes like watermelon. What do you think this tastes like?
*a taste of one's own medicineand *a dose of one's own medicine
Fig. a sample of the unpleasantness that one has been giving other people. (Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) Now you see how it feels to have someone call you names! You are getting a taste of your own medicine! John, who is often rude and abrupt with people, was devastated when the teacher treated him rudely. He doesn't like having a dose of his own medicine.
taste of something
1. to have a taste similar to something; to have the hint of a certain flavor. This ice cream tastes of apricots. Why does this wine taste of vinegar?
2. to take a taste of something. (Typically southern.) Here, taste of this pie. Can I taste of your apple?
taste of something
an experience; an example. Bill gave Sue a taste of her own rudeness. My friend used a parachute and got a taste of what it's like to be a bird.
Prov. Different people like different things. Fred: Bill always goes out with such stupid girls. I can't understand why. Alan: Tastes differ.
There is no accounting for taste(s).
Prov. You cannot blame different people because they like different things, even if you do not understand why they like what they like. Jill: I can't believe so many people are going to see that idiotic movie. Jane: There's no accounting for tastes.
There's no accounting for taste.
Prov. Cliché There is no explanation for people's preferences. Look at that purple and orange car! There's no accounting for taste. Some people seemed to like the music, although I thought it was worse than noise. There's no accounting for taste.
to achieve a small victory, which makes you want or expect an even greater one I could taste blood after the first day of the trial and I knew we would win in the end.
leave a bad taste in your mouth
to cause an unpleasant memory Violent movies always leave a bad taste in my mouth.
There's no accounting for taste!
something that you say when you cannot understand why someone likes something or someone 'I love having a cold shower before breakfast.' 'Well, there's no accounting for taste!'
See also: accounting
to recognise an opportunity to be more successful, especially by taking advantage or someone who is in a difficult situation Environmental groups smell blood, and are increasing their campaign against the airport.See be baying for blood, draw blood, scent blood, spit blood, sweat blood
leave a bad taste in your mouth
if an experience leaves a bad taste in your mouth, you have an unpleasant memory of it I think we all felt that he'd been treated unfairly and it left a bad taste in people's mouths.
give somebody a dose/taste of their own medicine
to do the same bad thing to someone that they have often done to you, in order to show them how unpleasant it is She's always turning up late for me so I thought I'd give her a taste of her own medicine and see how she likes it.
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]
dose of one's own medicine
Also, taste of one's own medicine. Repayment or retaliation, as in It's time we gave them a dose of their own medicine and simply forget to call them back , or Joe was upset at being left out, but they were just giving him a taste of his own medicine . [Late 1800s]
leave a bad taste in one's mouth
Make a lingering bad impression on one, as in The argument left a bad taste in my mouth, so after that I avoided talking politics. This expression transfers the bad taste left by consuming bitter or otherwise unpleasant food to a distasteful experience. [Mid-1800s]
no accounting for tastes, there's
Individual likes and dislikes defy explanation, as in They painted their house purple-there's really no accounting for tastes. This expression, first put as no disputing about tastes, dates from the mid-1600s; the present wording was first recorded in 1794. A mid-20th-century synonym that originated in the American South is different strokes for different folks. For a far older synonym, see one man's meat.
See also: accounting
poor taste, in
Also, in bad taste. Not suitable, unseemly, offensive, as in His criticism of the Pope was in poor taste, or That television interview was in very bad taste. These idioms use taste in the sense of "discernment of what is appropriate."
See also: poor
tv. to be ready for a fight; to be ready to attack; to be ready to act. (Like sharks, which are sent into a frenzy by the smell of blood.) Lefty was surrounded, and you could tell that the guys from the other gang smelled blood.
so bad one can taste it
mod. very much, indeed. He had to get to Philadelphia so bad he could taste it.
n. a share; a piece (of the action). Whatever the deal is, I want a taste.
tv. to experience something exciting, and perhaps dangerous, for the first time. Once you taste blood, you’re hooked.
To sense an opportunity for advantage at someone else's expense.