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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!
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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?
See also: like, of, own, sound, voice

for (one's) liking

To one's preference. The party was too rowdy for my liking—that's why I left early.
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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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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.
See also: hear, like, talk

take a fancy to someone or something

 and 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.
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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.
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for ˈyour liking

if 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.
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to somebody’s ˈliking

(formal) suitable, and how somebody likes something: The coffee was just to his liking.
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The test of hypothesis 3 is based on the use of the scale Demands and its satisfaction complement Liking Demands; in the former the theoretical average of 3 means that the course Demands are neither too high nor too low.
that many do not believe in anymore -- accepting the fact that, as David Aaker puts it: (brand) liking is often a general feeling that cannot be closely traced to anything specific; it has a life of its own.
The resulting differential (score minus PAR) shows no significant correlation with the liking ratings.
If this boy meant something (or still does) to your BFF, then liking him is disrespecting her.
The liking of cinnamaldehyde and citral increased with increasing concentrations of the compounds.
Many of the study's findings are intuitive or even obvious: Liking Jesus Christ is strong evidence of being Christian, the researchers report March 11 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The article then describes the definition of liking in the light of Hanifite School and makes discussion on it.
In this line, diverse predictive studies have partially confirmed these results, finding that low aggressiveness and high sociability are significant predictors of peer liking (e.
Wanting and liking are separate urges controlled by different cerebral circuits and, when combined at once, the impact on the brain is especially powerful, relate researchers from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
I'm afraid to show my interest because I'll keep liking him even if he doesn't like me back.
So we threw those together and laughed about it; then we started liking it.
Increased proximity is an indication of feelings of liking and interest.
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However, those who reported liking the medical care that the facility provides more than any other aspect of facility life were less satisfied.