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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)

1. noun An intense desire or longing for someone or something. Though I quit smoking years ago, I still get a yen for a cigarette from time to time. She's always had a yen for adventure since she was a young girl.
2. verb To have an intense desire or longing for someone or something. He yenned for freedom from his overprotective parents. I still yen for Sarah, even though our relationship ended two years ago.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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