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fancy

1. (of a domestic animal) bred for particular qualities
2. Lit the power to conceive and represent decorative and novel imagery, esp in poetry. Fancy was held by Coleridge to be more casual and superficial than imagination
3. Music a composition for solo lute, keyboard, etc., current during the 16th and 17th centuries
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A number of residents added in a letter that problems began since the youth took fancy to the games shop as a regular haunt.
THE turmoil at Fratton Park continues to rumble on and the early birds who took fancy prices about Bournemouth winning at Portsmouth tomorrow must be feeling very pleased with themselves.
However, something somewhere changed in the recent past and the younger generation in Pakistan took fancy to football and, correspondingly, the football superstars such as Ronaldo and Beckham - like never before.