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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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accept a wooden nickel

be fooled or swindled. US
A wooden nickel is a worthless or counterfeit coin.
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Nonetheless, three more of the 14 families accepted relocation to Andong yesterday without monetary compensation, according to representative Sok Srey On.
When the offer is returned on these grounds, the Service will not refund the application fee unless the offer was accepted for processing in error.
Registration for other researchers and clinicians (without an accepted abstract) is open December 2 January 10.
Within the larger community of any police jurisdiction, the practice of exchanging gifts, swapping services, and extending professional 'courtesies' is accepted by all citizens.
It makes sense for each institution to protect itself from the multiple-application scenario by creating a list of qualified and appealing candidates to whom they can turn if they misjudge their expected yield from the accepted pool of applicants.
Singles and upwards are accepted on FA Cup, Worthington Cup, Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup games.
The team tested how well 44 members of three genetically dissimilar, well-established pocket-gopher populations accepted skin grafts from animals in their own group.
Suppose that on historical grounds some particular Catholic does not agree that the church has always accepted as a revelation of God that women could not be ordained?
For people under 65, Medicare benefits hinge on becoming eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance and waiting two years and seven months even if the SSDI application is accepted without a challenge.
RAWALPINDI -- Out of a total 1,326 nomination papers filed by the candidates in Rawalpindi Division for contesting general elections 2013 for 16 National Assembly and 27 Provincial Assembly seats including two constituencies of federal capital, 16 Returning Officers (ROs) accepted 1230.
Islamabad -- As Saturday was last day for scrutiny of nomination papers, papers of most renowned politicians were accepted.
For example, you will have the option of seeing the final document with the proposed changes highlighted (see exhibit 9, page 74) or what the final document would look like if all changes were accepted by the originator.
7122-1(b), an offer may be accepted if there is doubt as to liability or collectibility, or if acceptance will promote effective tax administration.