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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!
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.
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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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.
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.
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.