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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.
See also: fancy, take

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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High-positive emotion--the mean of happy and excited VAS ratings--was associated with a greater liking of all aroma compounds at both concentrations.
Liking eventually founded the Ki-yi Mbock Theater Company in 1980, and in 1985 she opened her own art gallery and theater, known as Villa Ki-yi, a space housing a small number of well-established and budding artists in Africa who wished to refine their art in a supportive environment.
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The rate of prosocial-liked students was significantly higher than that of prosocial-rejected and prosocial-neglected students, in accordance with previous results, where the prosocial students were more accepted and less rejected by their classmates (Garcia-Bacete, 2007; Munoz et al., 2008), and the most important reasons for liking a classmate were positive and prosocial characteristics such as fellowship, being nice, fun, and a good friend (Monjas et al., 2008).
Researchers Kyle Smith and Kent Berridge show that two different brain circuits carry out the wanting and liking for the sweet reward, even when both are triggered in the same brain pleasure hot spots.
Now, she says I need to stop liking certain boys just because she likes them.
Generally, the amount and frequency of physical contact demonstrate closeness, familiarity and degree of liking. A lot of touching indicates strong liking for another person.
As previously mentioned, liking the other residents and the staff are two of the most common factors that ease adjustment to the facility.
elements in three arenas, and an indicator of their general liking for the works.
Then, a lesser shaman comes on--say a woman who is an expert on tampon stocks, or a new hotshot authority on squid futures from the brokerage house Biddle, Bamboozle & Butkis--and with all the animation of a sawhorse, tells Louis and his viewers which companies he or she "likes," as in "I'm liking Firestorm toys right now" or, "No one is liking the Lippo Group now."
Is liking a useful measure for evaluative pretesting?
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The influence of a tomato's appearance on consumer liking is well-established.