take to (something or someone) like a duck (takes) to water

idiom

Definition of take to (something or someone) like a duck (takes) to water

informal
: to learn (do something) very quickly or easily : to like (something or someone) immediately
  • She took to dancing like a duck (takes) to water.
  • He took to her like a duck to water.

Word by Word Definitions

take play
  1. : to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control: such as

  2. : to seize or capture physically

  3. : to get possession of (fish or game) by killing or capturing

  1. : a distinct or personal point of view, outlook, or assessment

  2. : an act or the action of taking: such as

  3. : the uninterrupted photographing or televising of a scene

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

duck play
  1. : any of various swimming birds (family Anatidae, the duck family) in which the neck and legs are short, the feet typically webbed, the bill often broad and flat, and the sexes usually different from each other in plumage

  2. : the flesh of any of these birds used as food

  3. : a female duck — compare drake

  1. : to thrust under water

  2. : to lower (the head, the body, etc.) quickly : bow

  3. : avoid, evade

  1. : an instance of ducking

  1. : a durable closely woven usually cotton fabric

  2. : light clothes and especially trousers made of duck

take play takes
  1. : to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control: such as

  2. : to seize or capture physically

  3. : to get possession of (fish or game) by killing or capturing

  1. : a distinct or personal point of view, outlook, or assessment

  2. : an act or the action of taking: such as

  3. : the uninterrupted photographing or televising of a scene

water play
  1. : the liquid that descends from the clouds as rain, forms streams, lakes, and seas, and is a major constituent of all living matter and that when pure is an odorless, tasteless, very slightly compressible liquid oxide of hydrogen H2O which appears bluish in thick layers, freezes at 0° C and boils at 100° C, has a maximum density at 4° C and a high specific heat, is feebly ionized to hydrogen and hydroxyl ions, and is a poor conductor of electricity and a good solvent

  2. : a natural mineral water

  3. : a particular quantity or body of water: such as

  1. : to moisten, sprinkle, or soak with water

  2. : to supply with water for drink

  3. : to supply water to


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