Meaning of cotton to in English:

cotton to

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phrasal verb

informal North American
  • cotton to somethingHave a liking for something.

    • ‘his rivals didn't cotton to all the attention he was getting’
    • ‘I never quite cottoned to his replacement.’
    • ‘Of course, once Joe cottoned to this idea of visual stimulation, he completely threw himself into it.’
    • ‘The government could reduce other spending, but that will be difficult because all government spending is backed by well-organized interest groups who do not cotton to proposed cuts.’
    • ‘The irony of the whole thing is that staying put has been very helpful for my kid, but now he's one of the ‘oldtimers’ clique at school who don't cotton to letting the new kids in!’
    • ‘My kid knows me too well to imagine I would actually awaken him if he really fell asleep, so he didn't cotton to trying to nap in his room.’
    • ‘Most European leaders don't cotton to nicknames too well.’
    • ‘I don't cotton to the ex saying anything like that to our child.’
    • ‘She can't stay with my Mom because my Mom has this behemoth of a cat that doesn't cotton to other felines in the vicinity.’
    • ‘I'm sure you can imagine how New Yorkers cotton to hearing that when they're working in tall buildings.’
    • ‘Fans enjoy the comfort of familiarity and don't cotton to corrections in cast, tone, or circumstances.’
    • ‘But as I've never cottoned to either team, I'll concede my sympathy to the unrepresented taxpayers who foot the stadium bills.’
    • ‘Although I've never cottoned to it, but it's still the kind of song 90 per cent of songwriters would be proud to pen.’
    • ‘And I don't cotton to you messing with her, you hear?’
    • ‘And what an introduction it is: much like Jones himself it's an entertainingly naïve, indignant, and jealous document that helps one to immediately cotton to Jones.’
    • ‘I don't cotton to people telling me when and where I can go.’
    • ‘The result is a more emotionally accessible, less regimented film that should appeal to thriller lovers who don't usually cotton to his eccentricities.’
    • ‘But Freddie didn't cotton to that newfangled stuff.’
    • ‘Should one cotton to the music, this is a far handier and more thoughtful bonus inclusion than those discs that simply package the soundtrack audio on the DVD itself.’
    • ‘But they don't cotton to notions of ‘maturity’ and such anyway.’
    • ‘But despite that continued use, no prescriptivist has ever condemned it as a solecism, perhaps because it's hard to cotton to.’
    like, love, enjoy, have a liking for, be fond of, be keen on, have a fondness for, have a weakness for, have a soft spot for, have a taste for, be taken with, care for, have a penchant for, have a predilection for, have a proclivity for, be enamoured of