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.
See also: offence, take
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He takes offence about every little thing people do and stops talking to them.
takes offence every little people do " It is scary but you'll have friends and family around who will help you through this.
When Madec accidentally shoots a prospector he takes offence when Ben wants to report it.
If she takes offence and stays away, then it's her loss, not yours.
GOODNESS me, how easily your frequent correspondent Councillor Rob Higgins takes offence, even when there is none to take (Views of the North, March 27) .
Referring to an article in the Canberra Times entitled Pakistan Takes Offence at Australian stance on Libya by Nicholas Stuart, the Spokesperson said that Pakistan has a principled position on the ongoing developments in North Africa, which accord entirely with the purposes and principles of the UN Charter.
With reference to 'Maids frustrating,' let's be realistic about this and I hope no one takes offence.
Far from 'creeping' as some critics have suggested (with tongue in cheek), he strides about the place as a much respected honorary Welshman who takes delight in this but in a humorous way so that nobody takes offence.
He also takes offence to comments made by Adams Mine Rail Haul president Gord McGuinty in the October issue of Northern Ontario Business that the ground swell of opposition is limited to a handful of New Liskeard activists.
But the stunner behind t he time-warped Patsy never takes offence with the blokes who imitate her.
One pal said: "If anyone takes offence at that it says more about them than it does about Jimmy.
Feel free to do what you see fit to eradicate this nuisance to society (but don't quote my name if the person responsible - or a Millennium Stadium steward - takes offence at your actions).
If either starts anything on the day itself or takes offence, you hand them their coat and show them the door.
The wheels of the confectionery industry come to a grinding halt when flirty Charity tries to "sweeten" up one of the factory's customers and he takes offence.
Tommy (above) takes offence at Vicky, Jonathan and Bethany spreading rumours about the squatters.