whenever the fancy takes (one)

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whenever the fancy takes (one)

Whenever one wants or feels compelled to do something. Now that you have your own car, you can go out whenever the fancy takes you!
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as, whenever, etc. the fancy ˈtakes you

as, whenever, etc. you feel like doing something: We bought a camper van so we could go away whenever the fancy took us.
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In other words, it's all a bit of a stramash, with each male hare in the group seemingly intent on having a go at his nearest neighbour whenever the fancy takes him.
ALL-round entertainer Tim Healy has been known to break out into song whenever the fancy takes him.
HAVE spectacular barneys when he returns to their main riverside mansion in Surrey' and -ARGUE about Ingrid's claims that her pounds 4million-a-year presenter hubby swans in and out of her life whenever the fancy takes him.
He also drives middle daughter Eve (Meg Ryan) to distraction, because while dad is losing his marbles, he still remembers her phone number, which he calls whenever the fancy takes him.