it takes getting used to

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it takes (some) getting used to

It takes time to become familiar with or habituated to someone or something, perhaps due to their unpleasant nature. I know it takes getting used to the boss's unpredictable nature. I love being in England, but it takes some getting used to driving on the other side of the road! Is she getting used to her new job?
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It takes (some) getting used to.

It is very unpleasant at first, but after a time it will not be so bothersome. (Said in recognition of the unpleasantness of something.) I never ate raw oysters before. It takes some getting used to. These hot Mexican dishes seem impossible at first. They take some getting used to, I agree. But it's worth it.
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it takes getting used to

One needs to become accustomed to something. For example, We've always had a small car, so driving a big van like this-well, it takes getting used to . This idiom employs used to in the sense of "accustomed to," a usage dating from the first half of the 1500s.
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"The Russian boy at Chelsea (Yuri Zhirkov) will take a time to settle and get used to it, and it will be no different for Bily.
If you don't get used to it fast, though, you'll soon be buying a new one.
"You get used to one way of touring, but with these guys it's nice to have a whole new look on tour."
But the 29-year-old said: "I feel like I need to get used to the ball a bit because it is a bit lighter than I am used to.
"The training is different, the way players and coaches approach training is different and it is a lot to get used to in a short space of time.
Did you have to draw the web pattern on the backs of the hangers at first to get used to them?