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acquired taste

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.
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acquired taste

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]
See also: acquired, taste
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an acquired taste

If someone or something is an acquired taste, you do not like them at first but may start to like them when they are more familiar. Tibetan tea is most definitely an acquired taste. This author is an acquired taste and even her most devoted admirers will find A Spanish Lover difficult to read.
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an acquired ˈtaste

a thing which you find unpleasant or do not appreciate at first but which you gradually learn to like: Whisky is an acquired taste.
See also: acquired, taste
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What has happened to my "natural" taste--both my discovery taste and my acquired taste? This is where Melchionne's categories begin to break down.
The company's best selling products include yoghurt and eggs as well as Balkan specialities such as sirene (a white, feta-like cheese), kashkaval (yellow cheese), ayran (a yoghurt drink) and boza (very much an acquired taste: a fermented cereal-based drink resembling a thick milkshake).
"Jean-Yves [Naouri] is an acquired taste and a polarising figure.
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It's an acquired taste, like all of director Allan Moyle's movies.
It is not certain though if camel milk will be popular in Europe as it's described as an acquired taste.
When she manages to overcome this, the quirky quality of her vocals puts her in the same company as women like Tori Amos and Rickie Lee Jones, both incredible singers considered by many to be an acquired taste. Anais Mitchell, definitely another righteous babe, is a taste worth acquiring.
His adventures and misadventures with his pal Dan Bomkamp, from experiencing lutefisk for the first time (which can at its most generous be called an 'acquired taste') to hunting and being surprised when howling coyotes mistake their plastic decoys for a tasty catch, to saying goodbye when graduation and adulthood cause best friends to go their separate ways.
While minimalism is often dismissed as an acquired taste of the architectural cognoscenti, the appointment of David Chipperfield and the broad public support for this spare and uncompromisingly modern building suggest otherwise and confound the notion of a conservative American Midwest.
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"Caviar is an acquired taste," he adds, "but it's one that's easy to acquire." For more information on Emperor's Roe, visit or call 866-5-CAVIAR.
According to Tom Thomas, CEO of Thomas Pharmaceuticals, you've had a taste of a private car if you've been on a private yacht or a private jet, "but a private rail car is all of that and then some." Thomas has chartered the Bella Vista for both business and pleasure trips from San Francisco to Denver and from Chicago to the Greenbrier in West Virginia, and he asserts that riding the Bella Vista isn't an acquired taste. "One takes to it immediately," he says.
88 Not one of the world's smoothest -- something of an acquired taste, with hints of plum my fruitiness at the finish.
Perception, whether through vision or any other sense, is an acquired taste. People learn to make visual sense of faces and other items of interest, often during infancy and early childhood but sometimes over much longer periods.
Rare are those people unable to feel the brief, sudden vertigo of that very moment when what one sees is suddenly reconfigured by one's mind into something wholly different: Sandback's art needs no explanation, it is not an acquired taste. Seeing a bunch of schoolchildren go out of their way not to cross the various thresholds that Sandback had laid out for his survey at Dia (in Chelsea) a few years ago, all behaving as though the virtual transparent planes delimited by the roped edges might electrocute them, I was convinced that the kids' caution had nothing to do with the "do not touch" warnings they had heard again and again during their cultural field trips.