penchant for

penchant for

A strong preference for something. She had a penchant for fine wine and expensive restaurants.
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They were going from end to end of the country in all manner of useful missionary capacities; their penchant for wandering, and their experience in it, made them altogether the most effective spreaders of civilization we had.
Apparently Mademoiselle Violet combined a taste for philanthropy with her penchant for Islington dancing halls.
I remember, somewhere, sitting in a circle with Japanese fishermen, Kanaka boat-steerers from our own vessels, and a young Danish sailor fresh from cowboying in the Argentine and with a penchant for native customs and ceremonials.
He ran across a book in the library on the care of the body, and promptly developed a penchant for a cold-water bath every morning, much to the amazement of Jim, and to the bewilderment of Mr.
Wickson exercised tremendous social power in the university town, and from them emanated the sentiment that I was a too-forward and self-assertive young woman with a mischievous penchant for officiousness and interference in other persons' affairs.
With a turn for literary expression myself, and a penchant for forcible figures and phrases, I appreciated, as no other listener, I dare say, the peculiar vividness and strength and absolute blasphemy of his metaphors.
Little friend," said he, in quite a changed tone--while his face changed too, losing all its softness and gravity, and becoming harsh and sarcastic--"you have noticed my tender penchant for Miss Ingram: don't you think if I married her she would regenerate me with a vengeance?
A teenager's penchant for porn led to his father chopping off his hand in a fit of rage.
However, when they discover videotapes of people being killed in their room, they realise the motel owner has a penchant for casting guests in his home-made snuff movies - and they are about to become the latest victims.
The author describes Richter's tumultuous upbringing, his penchant for nudism, and his prolific writing of poems--many included in the book.
One is a Brummie rock legend, an infamous hellraiser with a penchant for biting bats, who achieved Hollywood fame courtesy of reality TV.
Harry Potter fans with a penchant for Victorian melodrama will love this.
This column has a penchant for architectural websites which exhibit clarity, brevity and the odd quirk.
Opening with a disturbing meta-narrative illustration of a "jumping in" of a new gang member ("Initiation"), Native Guns's refreshing penchant for self-examination (and indictment) is evident through dialogues on herd mentality ("Slave Thinking"), responsible activism ("Look In The Mirror"), their discovery of hip-hop lyricism and culture ("1995") and the inescapable complicity of consumers in sweatshop exploitation ("Work It").
ROSIE O'DONNELL, describing her penchant for taking lots of pictures during the concerts of her friend Madonna, to Liz Smith's Daily Variety column, May 25