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have a penchant for (something)

To have a strong preference for something. She had a penchant for fine wine and expensive restaurants.
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penchant for

A strong preference for something. She had a penchant for fine wine and expensive restaurants.
See also: for, penchant
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

have a penchant for doing something

to have a taste, desire, or inclination for doing something. John has a penchant for eating fattening foods. Ann has a penchant for buying clothes.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

have a penchant for

Have a tendency or taste for. For example, He has a penchant for saying the wrong thing, or She has a strong penchant for baroque music. [Second half of 1600s]
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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.
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But in this case, Deutsch's penchant for opposites (nature and culture, painting and photography, etc.) generates a project as compelling as it is original.
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by PTI While not known to be a car enthusiast, Steve Jobs did have a penchant for German automobiles and design, owning BMW motorcycles, as well as Mercedes-Benz SLs.
Ok, so she has a penchant for fabulous designer pieces (wouldn't we all in her position?) but she is just as comfortable in high street brands.
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As is penchant in the Jewish faith, Nachman, Leiby's father, told the rabbi a touching story about how kind the 9-year-old was.
I'd like to see the foreign language reference for each one (even if the French for "penchant" is "penchant") and the "If you like this word try ...
it may also be worth a few quid on a drop goal to be scored at 5/4 as Francois Trinh-Duc (left) has a bit of a penchant for them, as does Ronan O'gara - thank god!
Summary: Dappy from N-Dubz's ex-girlfriend claims the rapper has a penchant for fishing and kids' television.
(The modern states in the region are after all only lines drawn on maps with little reference to historic identities.) US devotion to Israel and Blair-Bush stupidity over Iraq are equalled with Arabic penchant for despots, a penchant which the US do much to support.
Byline: Even in retirement, former India skipper Sourav Ganguly's penchant for making news has not deserted him.