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What does take something or someone at face value mean?


Meaning of idioms with examples...

take something or someone at face value

If you take something or someone at face value, you accept that they are as they seem without looking for a hidden meaning or ulterior motives.

Origin of the idiom 'take something or someone at face value'


The idiom 'take something or someone at face value' may originate from the phrase 'face value', which refers to the value printed or depicted on a coin, banknote, postage stamp, ticket, etc. The value of a coin or bill is clearly visible from the numbers printed on it. So, like a coin, taking something or someone at face value means taking them as they seem to be, without verifying, investigating, or looking for hidden meanings or secret motives.

Example(s):

The prime minister's speech should not necessarily be taken at face value.

Please, don't take what he says at face value! He clearly has an ulterior motive.

I think we can take Lisa at face value.

His story was unconvincing, but we took it at face value

take something or someone at face value (idiom)

This idiom is in the parts of the body category


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