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be fond of (someone or something)

To have 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.
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become fond of (someone or something)

To begin to have an affinity for someone or something. Mike used to really annoy me, but I've become fond of him over the years. Don't worry, your kids will become fond of sleep as they get older, and then you won't be able to get them out of bed before 1 PM. Summer used to be my favorite season, but I've become fond of fall, what with its gorgeous foliage.
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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.
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fond of a drop

slang Apt to drink alcohol, especially to an excessive or habitual degree. Sure, I used to be fond of a drop, but then I went to rehab.
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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.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The "Wood Grain" works are similarly materials-related, referring to Kelley's fondness for untreated wood (for example, Orgone, Shed and Colema Bench, both 1992) or painted simulations of it, like the fake wood-panel room divider in the 1991 Madrid version of the installation Alma Pater (Wolverine Den), 1991.
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The piece seen here is the second part of a project originally commissioned by the Palais de Tokyo in Paris; like all the prolific New Yorker's best work, it's informed by a generative interest in social systems and a fondness for offbeat forms of dissemination.
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