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    Question Take to sth

    In an English-Polish dictionary of idioms I found one the meanings of "take to sth" as "to start to do sth" (e.g., a job) (not habitually, just to start doing sth). In English dictionaries, however, I haven't found this meaning (or maybe in one or two of them, though it wasn't so clear). May it be used in such a sense?

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    Default Re: Take to sth

    Quote Originally Posted by nyggus
    In an English-Polish dictionary of idioms I found one the meanings of "take to sth" as "to start to do sth" (e.g., a job) (not habitually, just to start doing sth). In English dictionaries, however, I haven't found this meaning (or maybe in one or two of them, though it wasn't so clear). May it be used in such a sense?

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    To take to someting like duck to water= become familiar with it.

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    Default Re: Take to sth

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik
    To take to someting like duck to water= become familiar with it.
    "Take to sth" has several various meanings, but I was asking about the particular meaning -- let me recall: "to start to do sth" (e.g., a job) (not habitually, just to start doing sth). May this phrase have such a meaning?

    Nyggus

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    Default Re: Take to sth

    I'd use it with the habitual sense of starting:
    After his wife died, he took to drink.
    I wouldn't say 'he took to work at 9am today'.

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