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be taken at face value

To be accepted only based on the way someone or something appears or seems, without being verified or investigated first. It's important that the current period of economic growth is not taken at face value by the government, as there is still a tremendous amount of work that needs to be done. The best salespeople are the ones who are taken at face value by their customers.
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The argument that India does not have a Pakistan-centric policy and is not working to isolate Islamabad is unconvincing and should not be taken at face value now or ever.
It's a simple story for children, when taken at face value, or a more complex and emotionally nuanced journey for adults able to read between the lines.
Terrorists and violent extremists often claim to act in the name of religion, and this is sometimes taken at face value by the media and general public.
A coin to commemorate the Queen's 90th birthday should not be taken at face value as it is legal tender only on the world's remotest island.
But if the initial reports are to be taken at face value, there is a lot of work to do.
Since no one else knows what deception is, his most ludicrous inventions are taken at face value, making him a huge success - and ultimately leading to him starting his own religion.
While it great to see business people making their mark on television, inspiring new entrepreneurs and the company leaders of the future, it is important their success is not just taken at face value.
Paula, whose world marathon record of 2 hours 15 minutes 25 seconds has stood for over a decade, added that athletes' excuse of ignorance about supplements cannot be taken at face value.
Bean's attorney released a statement on Wednesday asserting that his arrest is linked to the alleged extortion plot and that the sexual abuse allegations should not "be taken at face value.
The Note promotes the circumcision of male minors and has been taken at face value by politicians who do not have the time to delve deep into the matter.
Taken at face value, his titles, such as "Easyfun" and "Celebration," are a form of misdirection: We don't notice that what attracts us is sometimes synonymous with what terrifies.
So all in all, if this bill is to be taken at face value and all "non-working" expatriates are to be denied driving licences, I will be absolutely staggered - so much that I can only assume that there is "fine print" associated with this bill which would make logical sense of it and its proposed application.
Wenger, whose Arsenal team face a New Year's Day visit from Cardiff City, gave short shrift to his rival and made it plain that Mourinho's views should not be taken at face value, saying that at the end of the day, it comes down to whatever each club performs at the field.
Coleman has a record of four wins and one draw from 14 games in charge which, taken at face value, does not represent a stellar points return.
This has been so obvious that the current international consensus in favour of a Geneva Two conference cannot be taken at face value and can only be dismissed as a convenient excuse to avoid taking any action to stop the fighting in Syria.