take root

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take root

Become established or fixed, as in We're not sure how the movement took root, but it did so very rapidly. This idiom transfers the establishment of a plant, whose roots settle into the earth, to other matters. [Late 1500s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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