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accept (something) as

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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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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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 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

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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Police officers often face the dilemma of accepting gratuities.
The industry has not tabulated the financial gain from accepting the cards, nor have officials quantified how much the industry stands to lose if the regulations change.
When the IRS compromises an assessment by accepting a discounted amount, the unpaid balance is abated, the taxpayer gets a fresh start and the IRS collects monies that may be uncollectible in the future.
By accepting the matricula as a valid identification, the banks are essentially practicing discrimination, Spencer said.
But every week, an increasing number of field offices will be accepting ATM/debit cards until 92 offices have the new service by January 16.
I wanted my clients to tell me what to do, and with this much plurality, we sent a letter this afternoon to Lockheed's counsel accepting the offer on behalf of my clients,'' he said.
is one of the largest payment processors for businesses accepting payments via traditional point of sale, Internet, catalog and recurring billing.
Features that would be banned include folding or telescoping stocks; handgrips of different types; grenade or flare launchers; and threaded barrels capable of accepting silencers or flash suppressors.
In the light of the recent movement in the SCi share price, and in the absence of an increased cash offer from Elevation, the Board recognises that whilst there are certain key risks for Eidos shareholders in accepting the SCi Offer (as described more fully below) the current implied value of the SCi Offer of 72.
Mayor Richard Riordan, however, plans to continue accepting only $1 per year.
IJKK), is accepting a Recommendation from the Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) dated March 8, 2005.
Accepting the award, Valencia athletic director Enrique Lopez:
Therefore, in accordance with the terms of the tender offer, the Fund is purchasing shares on a pro rata basis from all tendering shareholders, other than shareholders holding 99 or fewer shares who tendered all of their shares from whom the Fund is accepting all shares properly tendered (aggregating 548 shares).
Chick said she does not believe the council members are overpaid for the hours they put in, but she said accepting a raise above what other workers are getting ``sends the wrong message.