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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.
See also: accept, gospel

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.
See also: accept, nickel, wooden

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!
See also: any, nickel, take, wooden

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."
See also: accept, can, that

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.
See also: accept, that
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: accept, can, that

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.
See also: accept, that

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.
See also: place, receive
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

accept a wooden nickel

be fooled or swindled. US
A wooden nickel is a worthless or counterfeit coin.
See also: accept, nickel, wooden
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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.
See also: any, nickel, take, wooden
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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.”
See also: any, nickel, take, wooden
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer

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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Endangered Phrases by Steven D. Price Copyright © 2011 by Steven D. Price
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La commission legislative au Conseil consultatif (chambre haute du Parlement) a connu samedi une seance houleuse entre le representant des Forces Armees et nombre de Senateurs, sur les conditions requises pour que l'on puisse accepter la candidature des nouveaux deputes.
[beaucoup moins que] Je ne peux pas accepter une mission qui devait debuter il y a de cela deux mois.
L'Argentine a toujours refuse de payer un centime a ces fonds speculatifs, qui cherchent a etre rembourses a 100%, alors que les investisseurs qui ont souscrit aux echanges ont du accepter une decote de plus des deux tiers pour certains.
Adule par certains, critique par d'autres, Pep Guardiola a prevenu ses troupes qu'ils devront suivre ses decisions et les accepter. La saison debute ce vendredi soir pour le Bayern Munich.
Dans une tentative de mettre fin a la crise en cours du Procureur general nomme en contradiction des regles de la justice egyptienne, le Conseil supreme de la magistrature a exhorte, hier mercredi, le procureur general, le conseiller Talt Ibrahim Abdallah, a accepter de renoncer a son nouveau poste et a retourner a son travail initial a la magistrature.
[beaucoup moins que] Je ne peux pas accepter cette situation d'instabilite [beaucoup plus grand que] L'Argentin a pris [beaucoup moins que] une position definitive, le travail en commun exige un minimum de confiance que nous n'avons plus [beaucoup plus grand que].
Mais je n'ai pu accepter pour des raisons familiales.
[beaucoup moins que] Nous ne pouvons que respecter et accepter (cette decision) car il en a gagne le droit [beaucoup plus grand que], au nom des 25 annees passees au sein du club, a-t-il declare.
Le leader des Freres Musulmans Dr Essam El-Eriane a appele le Procuruer general, le conseiller Dr Abdel Meguid Mahmoud a accepter son nouveau poste d'ambassadeur aupres du Vatican pour sauvegarder "sa dignite".
[beaucoup moins que] Il faut s'ouvrir et accepter l'autre dans le cadre du respect mutuel, loin de toute velleite vindicative.