have a yen for (something)(redirected from had a yen for something)
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have a yen for (something)
To have a very strong and persistent desire or craving for something. I've had a yen for sushi ever since I came back from Tokyo last month.
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have a yen for
Crave or desire, as in I have a yen for a thick juicy steak. The yen in this expression comes from the Chinese yan, meaning "a craving" (probably for opium). The term was first recorded in English in 1906.
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.