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take (something) for gospel

To believe that something is absolutely true without any hesitation or reservations. When we're growing up, we take what our parents tell us for gospel. That's part of why teenagers are so rebellious, because they're just starting to realize their parents' fallibility. The beloved professor's opinions on the author are taken for gospel by his students.
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accept (something) as gospel

To believe that something is absolutely true without any hesitation or reservations. When we're growing up, we accept what our parents tell us as gospel. The beloved professor's opinions on the subject are accepted as gospel by his students.
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take (something) as gospel

To believe that something is absolutely true without any hesitation or reservations. When we're growing up, we take what our parents tell us as gospel. That's part of why teenagers are so rebellious, because they're just starting to realize their parents' fallibility. The beloved professor's opinions on the author are taken as gospel by his students.
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the gospel truth

The absolute or indisputable truth. I was home all night, and that's the gospel truth—Mom can confirm it.
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take (something) for (the) gospel truth

To believe that something is absolutely true without any hesitation or reservations. When we're growing up, we take what our parents tell us for gospel truth. That's part of why teenagers are so rebellious, because they're just starting to realize their parents' fallibility. The beloved professor's opinions on the author are taken for the gospel truth by his students.
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take (something) as (the) gospel truth

To believe that something is absolutely true without any hesitation or reservations. When we're growing up, we take what our parents tell us as gospel truth. That's part of why teenagers are so rebellious, because they're just starting to realize their parents' fallibility. The beloved professor's opinions on the author are taken as the gospel truth by his students.
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(the) gospel truth

Fig. the undeniable truth. The witness swore he was telling the gospel truth. I told my parents the gospel truth about how the vase broke.
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gospel truth

Something that is unquestionably true. For example, Every word he uttered was the gospel truth. The word gospel, which comes from the Old English god spel, "good news," has been used to describe something that is thought to be as true as the biblical gospel (that is, undeniably true) since the 13th century. The current idiom originated in the 1600s, when it referred to biblical truths, and has been applied to truth of a more general nature since the late 1800s. Also see take as gospel.
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take as gospel

Also, take for gospel. Believe absolutely, regard as true, as in We took every word of his as gospel, but in fact he was often mistaken. This idiom, first recorded in 1496, uses gospel in the sense of the absolute truth. Also see gospel truth.
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take something as gospel

or

take something as the gospel truth

If you take something as gospel or take it as the gospel truth, you accept it as being completely true, especially when it is not. You will read a lot of advice in books and magazines but you shouldn't take it all as gospel. Too many people take what he says as gospel. Note: You can also accept something as gospel or accept something as the gospel truth. For some reason, people are willing to accept as gospel these ridiculous claims. Here, their opinions are accepted as the gospel truth. Note: If you say that something is the gospel truth, you mean that it is completely true. When people ask me how old I am, and I say I don't know, they think I'm lying. But it's the gospel truth. Note: In the Christian religion, the gospel is the message and teachings of Jesus Christ. The four books of the Bible which describe His life and teachings are called the Gospels.
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gospel truth

the absolute truth. informal
1998 Mirror Any research that puts down men is accepted as gospel truth these days.
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take something as/for ˈgospel/ˌgospel ˈtruth

(informal) believe something without questioning it or without any real proof: You can’t always take what she says as gospel — she’s not the most honest person in the world.It would be foolish to take everything in the newspapers for gospel. OPPOSITE: take something with a pinch of salt
Gospel is the life and teaching of Jesus as described in the Bible.
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gospel (truth)

n. the honest truth. You gotta believe me. It’s the gospel truth!
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gospel

verb
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Keith said: "Now tickets are on sale for the Lindisfarne Gospels Durham exhibition, it's a good time to start planning your trip to the North East.
The master and librarian of Corpus Christi College will bring the gospels to Canterbury Cathedral, which is done whenever a dean or an archbishop is installed in the cathedral, said the dean of Canterbury Cathedral, Robert Willis.
This is the year the St Chad Gospels cease to be neglected.
This could be when a second volume of the Gospels was lost.
Distinctive in this third section are also a treatment of the Gospels as "embodied in the lives of saints and martyrs" (David Matzko McCarthy) and engaging essays on the Gospels in prayer, spirituality, and worship, and on their ethical implications today.
Chapters Four, Five, and Six are devoted to reading Mark's, Matthew's, and Luke's Gospels.
THE PROGRESSION OF THE GOSPELS PRESENT PILATE AS increasingly benign, almost sympathetic to Jesus, but the purpose is not so much to exonerate Rome as to incriminate the temple authorities.
Still, the historical accuracy of the Gospel of Judas can't be confirmed, and the text is unlikely to replace New Testament accounts among Christians today, says the Reverend Donald Senior of the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.
In their gospel, according to Irenaeus, Judas was portrayed as a man who knew secret "truths" that led him to betray Jesus.
This important book examines the Social Gospel movement and its influence on social reform and social service activity well beyond the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the usual temporal boundaries of the Social Gospel.
Pagels paints a picture of the gospels that would surprise many Catholics--including Gibson--who believe that the gospels are eyewitness accounts.
There was much the same suggestion in her The Gnostic Gospels.
He loves Jesus, as he loves the Buddha and other great spiritual teachers, and he presents Jesus' life from translations of the New Testament Gospels.
Nineteen centuries ago, when the Christian gospels were selected and edited, blame had to be assigned for the crucifixion, which to Christians was deicide.
APROGRAMME celebrating the return of the Lindisfarne Gospels to the North East next year is under way in schools across the region.