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whenever the fancy takes (one)

Whenever one wants or feels compelled to do something. Now that you have your own car, you can go out whenever the fancy takes you!
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as, whenever, etc. the fancy ˈtakes you

as, whenever, etc. you feel like doing something: We bought a camper van so we could go away whenever the fancy took us.
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The courts must be treated as nothing less than an essential service and if the former chief justice could rage against doctors going on strike, certainly he could have spared a word or two for lawyers doing the same whenever the fancy takes them.
Theirs is a way of life which, in many cases, their ancestors have practised for centuries, travelling from place to place, setting up camp whenever the fancy takes them, and moving on days, weeks, or months later.
In other words, it's all a bit of a stramash, with each male hare in the group seemingly intent on having a go at his nearest neighbour whenever the fancy takes him.
It means I can check my emails whenever the fancy takes me without having to go through the 10-minute rigmarole of it loading up.
ALL-round entertainer Tim Healy has been known to break out into song whenever the fancy takes him.
On the other hand, you can spend a whole day being chauffeured through some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, stopping off here and there wherever and whenever the fancy takes you.
Carry this lightweight, solid, flat-folding portable barbie around and you can burn those sausages whenever the fancy takes you.
But whenever the fancy takes them, they can also pack their bags and fly off to the sunnier climes of north Cyprus.
Having a dog would tie her down because they wouldn't be able to just jet off somewhere for the weekend whenever the fancy takes them.
Today's society spawns far too many families who depend on state hand-outs while carelessly extending their families and changing partners whenever the fancy takes them.
And to make sure the house evolves with the couple and their children, Matt plans to use a steel frame system so they can change the layout whenever the fancy takes them.
Parents who walk away from their children shouldn't be allowed to just swan back into their lives whenever the fancy takes them.
Superbly smooth regardless of the surface, the Lexus handles beautifully with the steering nicely balanced between effortless and sporty whenever the fancy takes you.