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Cotton (up) to

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March 30th, 2010

To begin with, this phrase has nothing to do with the silky, white fibers that come from plants. In fact, going back as far as the 1500s, the word cotton meant to take a liking to or to get on well with, even to get to know. It is from this early usage that we derive the meaning of the phrase cotton to or cotton up to. "At first, I didn't like my neighbor. But after some time, we cottoned up to one another."