take offence (at something)

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take offence (at something)

To be or feel insulted, offended, or humiliated by something. Primarily heard in UK. I know your jokes were made completely in jest, but I couldn't help taking offence at them. I noticed your parents leaving in a bit of a huff earlier; I do hope they haven't taken offence.
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But let me tell you that the majority of people who take offence are those who have never indulged in the sinister weed and would expect that any smoker and ex-smoker would respect their decision to live a smoke-free life.