fond of (someone or something)

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fond of (someone or something)

Having an affinity for someone or something. I'm not too fond of Mike—he really annoys me sometimes. I'm cold all the time, so I'm quite fond of summer weather.
See also: fond, of
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

*fond of someone or something

liking someone or something. (*Typically: be ~; become ~.) I'm fond of chocolate. Mary isn't fond of me, but I'm fond of her.
See also: fond, of
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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References in classic literature ?
I would have both you and she know, that it is not for her fortune he follows her; for I can assure you, as to matter of that, there is another lady, one of much greater quality and fortune than she can pretend to, who is so fond of somebody that she comes after him day and night."
Everyone knows you are fond of somebody, whether you decide to enter into an arrangement or not today.
Everyone knows that you are fond of somebody, whether you decide to enter into an arrangement or not today.
'It seems so rude when you're fond of somebody to ask for a divorce,' she says.
Stepped over that line of being fond of somebody, to having an attachment, and it got in the papers.