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for (one's) liking
To one's preference. The party was too rowdy for my liking—that's why I left early.
like the cut of (one's) jib
To find one's general appearance, manner, mien, style, demeanor, or personality appealing or attractive. A reference to the jib sails of a boat (which denoted a ship's allegiance, and therefore its potential hostility). I like the cut of your jib—you've got a brazenness in business that's pretty rare these days. Sarah has a reputation of being very difficult to work with, but I've always gotten on really well with her. I guess I just like the cut of her jib.
like the sound of (one's) own voice
To enjoy hearing oneself talk because one is pompous and/or self-centered. Boy, he really likes the sound of his own voice—I didn't think he would ever stop talking! I know you like the sound of your own voice, but can I please say something now?
like to hear (oneself) talk
To be self-absorbed and self-important in one's speech, without having much or any regard for those to whom one is talking. I learned pretty quickly that the boss just likes to hear herself talk, and she'll find any excuse to give you a long-winded lecture about something you already know. Political blowhards like these just like to hear themselves talk—they couldn't give a fig for the people who actually have to live with these policies.
not like the cut of (someone's) jib
To not find someone's general appearance, manner, mien, style, demeanor, or personality appealing or attractive. A reference to the jib sails of a boat (which denoted a ship's allegiance, and therefore its potential hostility). I'm not sure why I don't get along with Sarah. I just don't like the cut of her jib. They've got a great reputation in the industry, but we didn't like the cut of their jib during their presentation this morning.
take a liking to (someone or something)
To have or develop a fondness for or inclination toward something or someone; to be attracted to or desire someone or something. I never used to like onions as a kid, but I've taken a liking to them as I've grown older. I think Jennifer has taken a liking to my friend Tommy; I must try to set them up on a date!
to (one's) liking
In a way that one likes, accepts, or approves of. I was really disappointed by the appetizer, but thankfully the main course was much more to my liking. I knew that if I didn't complete the project to their liking, I would be in danger of losing my job.
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take a fancy to someone or somethingand take a liking to someone or something; take a shine to someone or something
to develop a fondness or a preference for someone or something. John began to take a fancy to Sally late last August at the picnic. I've never taken a liking to cooked carrots. I think my teacher has taken a shine to me.
to someone's liking
fitting someone's personal preferences. l had my house painted, but the job was not to my liking. Large meals with lots of fat are not to Bob's liking.
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take a fancy to
Also, take a liking or shine to . Be attracted to someone or something, as in They took a fancy to spicy foods after their Mexican vacation, or I'm hoping he'll take a liking to the water, now that we have a cottage on a lake, or We think Bill's taken a shine to Betsy. The first term was first recorded in 1541, the first variant in 1570, and the last, a colloquialism, in 1850.
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.
for ˈyour likingif you say, for example, that something is too hot for your liking, you mean that you would prefer it to be less hot: The town was too crowded for my liking.
to somebody’s ˈliking(formal) suitable, and how somebody likes something: The coffee was just to his liking.
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