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get a yen for (something)

To get a craving or desire for something. Though I quit smoking years ago, I still get a yen for a cigarette from time to time. I'm getting a yen for something sweet—let's go out for ice cream!
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have a yen for (something)

To have a very strong and persistent desire or craving for something. I've had a yen for sushi ever since I came back from Tokyo last month.
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A desire. Often used in the phrase "have a yen for (someone/something)." Meredith has a real yen to be a surgeon, which, combined with her work ethic, should bring her much success.

yen for someone or something

to long for someone or something. I yen for a great big bowl of highly fattening ice cream. Frank yenned for Sally.
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have a yen for

Crave or desire, as in I have a yen for a thick juicy steak. The yen in this expression comes from the Chinese yan, meaning "a craving" (probably for opium). The term was first recorded in English in 1906.
See also: have, yen
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As small companies are predominately domestic-demand oriented, they would do better with a stronger yen, say, by reducing their import costs.
Among them, NTT Data closed at a record high of 1,360,000 yen, up 40,000 yen, and Advantest touched 17,070 yen before closing at 17,010 yen, up 460 yen.
The June 16 Tokyo trading session was notably volatile, with the yen initially declining to a new low of [yen] 146.
The dollar cost of the tractor would be 9,931,579 yen divided by 88.
Very likely, the Japanese yen will remain volatile in the foreign exchange market over the next several years in response to both the uneven pace of the economic recoveries in the U.
It also revised upward its sales projection for the business year to 3,360 billion yen from the previous estimate of 3,330 billion yen.
40, the yen is very likely to breach [yen]100 to the dollar, despite the massive intervention from the BOJ.
50 [yen], as the yen depreciated against most major currencies.
When we can identify a trending market, we like to use stop/loss take-profit orders and have done so successfully with the Japanese yen over the last two years.
This past year, the Japanese government has intervened in the currency markets to support the yen in massive amounts, spending a record [yen] 16.
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Depreciation of the yen, if and when it comes, will lead to the reduction of both sources of deflation and to the eventual resolution of Japan's deflationary crisis.
During the second quarter of 1996, the dollar traded in a relatively narrow range against the Japanese yen, fluctuating between 104 [yen] and 110 [yen].