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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!
See also: liking, take

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.
See also: fancy, take

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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The second is that there is also a need for research on the relationship between liking for music and its perceived appropriateness for the listening situation.
Third, given the prediction of a positive relationship between liking and appropriateness, an inverted-U relationship should exist within both groups between ratings of appropriateness and complexity.
A significant inverted-U relationship was found between ratings of liking (L) and complexity (C) (p [less than] .
The sample was collected over several classes, with participants in each individual class rating liking or appropriateness/complexity.
In the relevant sessions, participants were told that they would be rating individual excerpts for liking or complexity and appropriateness, and participants were asked to consider each piece of music in these terms once the class tutor instructed them to do so.
These mean ratings suggest that an inverted-U relationship holds between the liking and complexity ratings assigned within both groups.
The yoga group assigned higher liking and appropriateness ratings than the aerobics group (t (244)= -2.
The results broadly support the prediction of Berlyne's theory that there should be an inverted-U relationship between ratings of liking and complexity.
However, the strength of the relationship between liking and complexity is of considerable interest.
The high positive correlations between ratings of liking and appropriateness within both groups correspond with the findings of North et al.
2] reported above are relevant to this issue: they indicate that the linear relationship between liking and appropriateness predicted a similar amount of the variance in these ratings as the quadratic model predicted in the relationship between ratings of liking and complexity: in other words, the predicted relationship between liking and appropriateness was as strong as the predicted relationship between liking and complexity.
However, since there was a curvilinear relationship between liking and complexity, but a linear relationship between liking and appropriateness, both forms of analysis were impossible: linear regression and ANCOVA techniques assume that the same form of relationship exists between each independent variable and the dependent variable.
However, some limited evidence tentatively suggests that there was a relationship between liking and appropriateness above and beyond the effects of complexity.
The close link between liking and perceived appropriateness is further illustrated by the relationships between complexity and appropriateness ratings within the two groups [ILLUSTRATION FOR FIGURE 2C OMITTED].