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take (one's) fancy

To be appealing or pleasant to one; to be intriguing or of interest to one. A: "Do you want to go to a movie later on?" B: "I don't know, there's nothing that really takes my fancy in theaters right now." I'm not going to declare my major until I've had a couple years in college to see what ends up taking my fancy.
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catch/take/tickle somebody’s ˈfancy

(informal) please or attract somebody: Mary seems afraid some other girl will catch Alan’s fancy.She saw that the picture had taken my fancy and insisted on giving it to me as a present.
See also: catch, fancy, take, tickle
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When he saw my wife cuddling our three-year-old daughter, he took fancy on the child.
A number of residents added in a letter that problems began since the youth took fancy to the games shop as a regular haunt.
Pria, obviously chuffed with the achievement, says, " Paris particularly took fancy to my lounge dresses and kaftan gowns.
Mediate was denied a shock victory, but those who took fancy prices on Betfair about the surprise runner-up had been able to trade themselves into a tremendous position.
Regarding ante-post punting, for those betting a long way in advance the ground conditions are always something of an unknown, so although those who took fancy prices about Sakhee's Secret a couple of months ago are deserving of some sympathy, the real unfortunate cases are those who studied the race, and the weather forecast, at the beginning of the week, and placed ante-post bets in the knowledge that the going couldn't be anything else but quick.
Midnight Court was beginning to catch the eye as a Gold Cup horse and those who took fancy prices at about this time were increasingly happy as the horse won his next two starts and his odds tumbled.