grow (up)on (one)

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grow (up)on (one)

"Upon" is more formal than "on."
1. To become more liked and appreciated by one. I didn't like her bubbly new assistant at first, but she grew on me in time. The novel was very tedious at the beginning, but it has grown upon me the more that I've read of it.
2. Of a feeling or emotion, to become more intense within one by gradual degrees. Unease grew upon me as we stepped into the dilapidated old house. The anger and indignation of the rejection grew on me as I drove home.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

grow on someone

 
1. Lit. [for a fungus, tumor, parasite, etc.] to live and grow on someone's skin. I've got this stuff growing on me and I want to get rid of it. Is that an ink stain or is something growing on you?
2. Fig. [for something] to become familiar to and desired by someone; [for something] to become habitual for someone. This kind of music grows onyou after awhile. Kenneth sort of grows on you after a while.
See also: grow, on
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

grow on

Also, grow upon.
1. Gradually become more evident. For example, A feeling of distrust grew upon him as he learned more about the way the account was handled . [c. 1600]
2. Gradually become more pleasurable or acceptable to, as in This music is beginning to grow on me. Jane Austen had it in Pride and Prejudice (1796): "Miss Bennet's pleasing manners grew on the good-will of Mrs. Hurst." [c. 1700]
See also: grow, on
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

grow on

or grow upon
v.
1. To be nourished by something and develop in size or quality: Wheat does not grow on sandy soil. Baby mice grow on only a few drops of milk every hour.
2. To become gradually more evident to someone: A feeling of distrust grew on me.
3. To become gradually more pleasurable or acceptable to someone: Just wait; the bitter taste will grow on you.
See also: grow, on
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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In the center of each plant grew a daintily dressed Mangaboo, for the clothing of all these creatures grew upon them and was attached to their bodies.
As I watched them playing about I discovered, not only that they suckled their young, but that at intervals they rose to the surface to breathe as well as to feed upon certain grasses and a strange, scarlet lichen which grew upon the rocks just above the water line.
The idea grew upon her as the day advanced until she spent the time in watching furtively for some means of escape should they but touch the shore momentarily; and though they halted twice her captors were too watchful to permit her the slightest opportunity for putting her plan into action.
Virginia Maxon was almost frantic with despair as the utter helplessness of her position grew upon her.
The emotional appeal of those yells grew upon me steadily, grew at last to such an exquisite expression of suffering that I could stand it in that confined room no longer.
She stood on the front veranda as he quitted the house, and absently picked a few sprays of jessamine that grew upon a trellis near by.
As soon as I was clear of the thicket, I ran as I never ran before, scarce minding the direction of my flight, so long as it led me from the murderers; and as I ran, fear grew and grew upon me until it turned into a kind of frenzy.
It grew upon my mind, once I could face the facts, that terrible as our posi- tion was, there was as yet no justification for absolute despair.
He hurried forward in this spirit; his anxiety grew upon him with every step; as he entered the garden a voice fell upon his ear, and he was once more arrested, not this time by doubt, but by indubitable certainty of ill.
Jimmy Lowry told the Central Criminal Court he grew upon the farm at Fawnagowan in Co Tipperary where 52-yearold Bobby Ryan's body was found in 2013.
But when the 34-yearold dad-of-three, who grew upon Teesside, retired from the sport he swapped his boots for a brush and now travels the world painting, attending art fairs and organising solo exhibitions.
His father was an avid Elvis fan and Ben grew upon a diet of Elvis songs.
The prospect of doing this job grew upon Robinson gradually.
Your own verses (I remarked this, upon first reading them, to Mr White) are absolutely faultless, if considered as "pure harmony"--I mean to speak technically--"without the intervention of any dischords." I was formerly accustomed to write thus, and it would be an easy thing to convince you of the accuracy of my ear by writing such at present--but imperceptibly the love of these dischords grew upon me as my love of music grew stronger.
King grew upon a cotton plantation in Mississippi and worked on the fields from age seven after his father abandoned the family and his mother died.