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take to (something) like a duck to water
To adapt to or learn something very quickly and naturally, as if it were innate. The phrase also often implies a sense of enjoyment. Sarah took to her bike like a duck to water. She was born to ride. I wasn't sure if he'd like playing the piano, but he's taken to it like a duck to water.
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take to something like a duck to water
If you take to something like a duck to water, you find it very easy to do. He took to acting like a duck to water. Gilbey became a salesman for BMW. He took to it like a duck to water, quickly becoming Car Salesman of the Year.
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take to something like a duck to watertake to something very readily.
1960 C. Day Lewis Buried Day I had taken to vice like a duck to water, but it ran off me like water from a duck's back.
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To find a special affinity for it; to try something and like it. This rather obvious simile dates only from the late nineteenth century. Sir John Astley used it in his memoirs (Fifty Years of My Life, 1894): “I always took to shooting like a duck to water.”
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