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get a yen for (something)

To get a craving or desire for something. Though I quit smoking years ago, I still get a yen for a cigarette from time to time. I'm getting a yen for something sweet—let's go out for ice cream!
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have a yen for (something)

To have a very strong and persistent desire or craving for something. I've had a yen for sushi ever since I came back from Tokyo last month.
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A desire. Often used in the phrase "have a yen for (someone/something). Meredith has a real yen to be a surgeon, which, combined with her work ethic, should bring her much success.

yen for someone or something

to long for someone or something. I yen for a great big bowl of highly fattening ice cream. Frank yenned for Sally.
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have a yen for

Crave or desire, as in I have a yen for a thick juicy steak. The yen in this expression comes from the Chinese yan, meaning "a craving" (probably for opium). The term was first recorded in English in 1906.
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As small companies are predominately domestic-demand oriented, they would do better with a stronger yen, say, by reducing their import costs.
Among them, NTT Data closed at a record high of 1,360,000 yen, up 40,000 yen, and Advantest touched 17,070 yen before closing at 17,010 yen, up 460 yen.
The June 16 Tokyo trading session was notably volatile, with the yen initially declining to a new low of [yen] 146.
A falling yen would aid the profits of big Japanese companies, which ought to help.
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50 [yen], as the yen depreciated against most major currencies.
The brawny yen had been a big headache for Japanese exporters.
When we can identify a trending market, we like to use stop/loss take-profit orders and have done so successfully with the Japanese yen over the last two years.
increased its group pretax profit estimate to 170 billion yen from 165 billion yen and left its group net profit estimate unchanged at 80 billion yen.
Toyota's move to purchase an option to sell yen at [yen]101 to the dollar by August 2004 is evidence that Japan's exporters are moving to hedge their dollar exposure.
Depreciation of the yen, if and when it comes, will lead to the reduction of both sources of deflation and to the eventual resolution of Japan's deflationary crisis.
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