whenever the fancy takes (one)

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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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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.
Parents who walk away from their children shouldn't be allowed to just swan back into their lives whenever the fancy takes them.
Our bishops are comfortable with the idea of marrying some divorcees in church, our local authorities shell out millions of pounds a year to support single mothers and our celebrity heroes merrily switch partners whenever the fancy takes them.