If your friend has a thing for something, he probably gets excited and enjoys being around or talking about or even just hearing about this thing. For example, you can say, "My friend, John, has a thing for insects. He gets excited whenever he sees one and has to figure out what kind of species it is." People usually have a thing for something strange or unusual and sometimes with a kinky connotation attached to it. Because of this, this expression is not usually used seriously but often to joke around with someone regardless of whether the joke is true or not.
By the way, you can also have a thing for people. For example, Sally can have a thing for her boss. This means she is probably attracted to her boss to some degree.
1. Maria has a thing for men on horseback; she got excited when she saw the knight exhibit at the Met.
2. That's the fifth time you've mentioned your neighbor. Do you have a thing for her?
3. I think our teacher has a thing for cows. Every time he gives us an example, there's always a cow in the scenario.
The examples above are probably said as a joke--to be funny.
So, do you have a thing for something or someone? ;) Care to share it with us? Go for it. You can comment here or on our facebook page.
Can't wait to hear from you.
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