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accept (something) as (something)

1. To take or recognize something as performing a certain function, such as being a form of payment. I accept your offer to fix my car as reimbursement for the money you owe me. Please accept these flowers as my apology.
2. To acknowledge something as existing in a certain state, such as being true. If he ever wants this situation resolved, he needs to accept Mary's story as the truth. You need to accept this as reality, and move on.
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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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accept a wooden nickel

To accept something that proves to be fraudulent or deceitful; to be swindled or conned. Primarily heard in US. I'm done accepting wooden nickels—capricious women who say they love me, then get bored and decide I'm not worth their time. My husband is a wonderful man, but he has about as much business sense as a grade-schooler. If I had let him accept all the wooden nickels offered flaky customers have tried to peddle on us, we'd have gone bankrupt years ago.
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don't take any wooden nickels

Take care and, specifically, try not to get swindled. The phrase is thought to have originated in the early 20th century when country residents visiting the city were considered easily duped. Primarily heard in US. Have fun tonight and don't take any wooden nickels!
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I can accept that

I believe or agree with what you are saying. A: "But I'd like for you to get some more training in Excel." B: "I can accept that—I'm really only familiar with the basic functions."
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I can't accept that

I don't believe or agree with what you are saying. They said Amanda was more qualified for the promotion than I am, but I can't accept that, knowing that I've had more training than her.
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accept someone as something

to consent to receive or consider someone as a particular type of person or a person who can serve a particular role. Sally finally accepted herself as the only possible peacemaker in the dispute.
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accept something as something

 
1. to agree that something will serve in payment of a debt or in return for something. This receipt shows that we have accepted your money as payment on your debt. This money has been accepted as reimbursement for the expenditure.
2. to resign [oneself] to something that cannot be changed. I must accept what you say as the final decision.
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I can accept that.

Inf. I accept your evaluation as valid. Bob: Now, you'll probably like doing the other job much better. It doesn't call for you to do the things you don't do well. Tom: I can accept that. Sue: On your evaluation this time, I noted that you need to work on telephone manners a little bit. Bill: I can accept that.
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I can't accept that.

Inf. I do not believe what you said.; I reject what you said. Sue: The mechanic says we need a whole new engine. John: What? I can't accept that! Tom: You're now going to work on the night shift. You don't seem to be able to get along with some of the people on the day shift. Bob: I can't accept that. It's them, not me.
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receive something from some place

to get and accept something from some place. I just received a letter from Budapest! Mary received a package from Japan.
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accept a wooden nickel

be fooled or swindled. US
A wooden nickel is a worthless or counterfeit coin.
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don’t take any wooden ˈnickels

(American English) used when saying goodbye to somebody to mean ‘be careful’, ‘take care of yourself’: Well, see you around Tom. Don’t take any wooden nickels.
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don't take any wooden nickels

Protect yourself (against fraud, loss, and so on). This warning against counterfeit coins dates from about 1900 and is distinctly American in origin, the nickel being a U.S. or Canadian five-cent coin. Why a wooden coin was selected is not known. Presumably making coins of wood would always have been more expensive than the intrinsic value of metal coins. Several writers suggest it replaced don’t take any wooden nutmegs, a now obsolete saying dating from colonial times when sharp traders sold wooden nutmegs mixed in with the real spice. In print the expression is found in Ring Lardner’s story, The Real Dope (1919), “In the mean wile—until we meet again—don’t take no wood nickles [sic] and don’t get impatient and be a good girlie.”
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Don't take any wooden nickels

Don't let yourself be cheated. This expression was first heard in the early 20th century. Although there never were any wooden nickels as legal tender, country folk going to a city were likely to be cheated by all manner of ruses, including obviously counterfeit coins. Wooden nickels did exist, however, as bank promotions during and after the Great Depression; the “coins” were redeemable for prizes.
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Responding to questions from reporters at the press conference, Erdoy-an said Turkey's EU accession process is still under way and that "it is not important whether it is accepted or not."
Despite the contradiction in this title -- between wishing the partition resolution had been accepted, which means not going to the 1948 War and the subsequent wars to liberate the land, on one hand, and the formation of the Palestinian Authority and government, which means the continuation of the liberation war, on the other -- the headline actually expresses the wisdom adopted by some in retrospect, after the event has become history.
Failing to accept the role as a mediator or finding the appropriate individual to act is no better than not intervening in the first place.
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Numerous "vehicle donation programs" will gladly accept most towable vehicles.
But when she queried fellow students if that sorority would accept an openly lesbian member, the consensus was "never."
In a survey of 300 of the nation's largest private-sector employers, almost four in five (79%) said they would accept government subsidies to continue to provide retiree drug coverage, comparable with Medicare, when the new drug benefit started this month, according to a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation and Hewitt Associates.
The IRS has vowed to accept two of the most common reject code errors, ERC 504, Dependent SSN Mismatch, and ERC 501, Earned Income Credit ID Information Mismatch.
A study of 3,131 patients referred for genetic testing found that individuals were more likely to accept cystic fibrosis (CF) carrier testing and were more likely to accept both CF and fragile X syndrome (FXS) carrier testing if they underwent an invasive procedure such as amniocentesis.
And we say, "I can't let it go, I can't accept this!" We continue to feel bad--angry, frustrated, hurt--because we are stuck in our limited perspective.
The company is participating in a project spearheaded by the Mexican Banking Association that will increase the number of retail outlets that accept credit cards with the hopes that Blue catches on as it did in the United States.