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"fancy" in American English

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fancyadjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /ˈfæn·si/
decorative or complicated, or (of restaurants, stores, or hotels) expensive: I wanted a simple black dress, nothing fancy. a fancy hotel

fancynoun [U]

 us   /ˈfæn·si/
something that you like very much: What's your fancy?

fancyverb [T]

 us   /ˈfæn·si/
  • fancy verb [T] (IMAGINE)

to imagine or think that something is so: When she was young she fancied herself a rebel.
  • fancy verb [T] (LIKE)

to like or wish for: There are two things he fancies – fast cars and thunderous music.
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"fancy" in British English

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fancyverb

uk   /ˈfæn.si/  us   /ˈfæn.si/
  • fancy verb (LIKE)

B1 [T] UK to want to have or do something: Do you fancy a drink this evening? [+ -ing verb] I didn't fancy swimming in that water.
B2 [T] UK informal to be sexually attracted to someone: He could tell she fancied him.
fancy yourself UK disapproving
to think you are very attractive or important: That Dave really fancies himself, doesn't he?

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  • fancy verb (IMAGINE)

[I or T] UK to imagine or think that something is so: He fancies himself as a bit of a singer. [+ to infinitive] Who do you fancy to win the Cup this year? [+ (that)] literary I fancied (that) I saw something moving in the corner.old-fashioned This isn't the first time this has happened, I fancy.
fancy! C2 old-fashioned
an expression of surprise: Fancy seeing you here! "They have eight children." "Fancy that (= how surprising)!"

fancyadjective

uk   /ˈfæn.si/  us   /ˈfæn.si/

fancynoun

uk   /ˈfæn.si/  us   /ˈfæn.si/
  • fancy noun (THING/PERSON YOU LIKE)

passing fancy
something that you like very much for a short period: But for me, parachuting was no passing fancy.
take a fancy to sth/sb
to start liking something or someone very much: Laura's taken a fancy to Japanese food.
take/tickle your fancy informal (US strike your fancy)
If something takes/tickles your fancy, you like it and want to have or do it: I looked in a lot of clothes shops but nothing really tickled my fancy. She has enough money to buy anything that strikes her fancy.

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