be taken for granted

be taken for granted

1. To be considered innately true, real, or correct; to be anticipated as always being available or at hand. The plenitude of our natural resources has been taken for granted by people for most of human history. I guess we had taken for granted that our kids would stick around this town and take care of us when we get older.
2. To be underestimated or undervalued; to not be properly appreciated or recognized. I've decided to go out and start my own business, because I'm sick of being taken for granted in this huge corporation.
See also: grant, taken
References in classic literature ?
I am always here but I have my hours," said the old woman, as if her convenience were not to be taken for granted.
The answer is because 1) your generosity will be taken for granted, 2) parents will not know what to expect, 3) you will not know what to expect, 4) the absence of a policy could impact your income and 5) you will grow to resent that-little-rascal Susie-for-missing-her-music-lesson-again-this-week-and-while- we-are-on-the-subject-why-aren't-her-parents-taking-music-as- seriously-as-soccer-any-way?
It works in a more profound way than any dance technique could conjure, and that should not be taken for granted, belittled, or bemoaned, but celebrated every day that you get to live in it.
The answer is because 1) your generosity will be taken for granted, 2) parents will not know what to expect, 3) you will not know what to expect, 4) the absence of a policy could impact your income and 5) you will grow to resent that-little-rascal-Susie-for-missing-her-music-lesson-again-this -week-and-while-we-are-on-the-subjectwhy-aren't-her-parents-taking-music -as-seriously-as-soccer-anyway?