catch (someone's) fancy

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catch (someone's) fancy

To be appealing or pleasant to someone; to be intriguing or of interest to someone. A: "Do you want to go to a movie later on?" B: "I don't know, there's nothing that really catches my fancy in theaters right now." I'm not going to declare my major until I've had a couple years in college to see what ends up catching my fancy.
See also: catch, fancy

catch/take/tickle somebody’s ˈfancy

(informal) please or attract somebody: Mary seems afraid some other girl will catch Alan’s fancy.She saw that the picture had taken my fancy and insisted on giving it to me as a present.
See also: catch, fancy, take, tickle
References in classic literature ?
What I actually did was to write a good many copies of verse, in imitation, never owned, of Moore and Goldsmith, and some minor poets, whose work caught my fancy, as I read it in the newspapers or put it into type.
The snugness of the place has caught my fancy. Also.
All my relatives and friends assumed that I'd be getting married to the next millionaire who caught my fancy. But there was nobody that attracted me enough for me to get married.
I could be in a classroom or anywhere and whenever anything caught my fancy, I would imagine myself in made-up situations and scenarios.
What caught my fancy was how the same incident had been treated by different artists and different schools.
One in particular caught my fancy. In fact, it hooked me so much, I instantly reckoned it would hook salmon and was determined to tie one up for the New Year.
Your cover story on the NGOs (Aug/Sept issue) was quite interesting, and one particular quotation caught my fancy: "In the days of old-fashioned colonialism, the metropolitan powers sent their officials to live in Africa and directly run the colonies.
Frankly, none of the scores caught my fancy. Like the films they were written for, they are typical Hollywood bombast, with only moments of passing interest.
Modes of partnering caught my fancy. From Mexico, the Delfos Contemporary Dance Company's It Hurts (Victor Manuel Ruiz), a contact improvisation-influenced male duet concerned with sexual ambivalence, was a fine exercise in kinetic daring and split-second timing in a tense scenario that translated violence into passion.
Because you have caught my fancy, and then arrested my heart.)