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not take kindly to (something)

To be unreceptive to, displeased by, or unwilling to accept a particular thing, behavior, or activity. Be careful—I hear they don't take kindly to strangers in that town. John just doesn't take kindly to criticism, which is why no one tells him what they really think.
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take kindly to (something)

To be receptive to, pleased by, or willing to accept a particular behavior or activity. (Usually used in negative constructions.) John just doesn't take kindly to criticism, which is why no one tells him what they really think. I'd take more kindly to your request if you didn't have such a nasty tone when you said it.
See also: kindly, take

look kindly on (someone or something)

To be receptive to, approving of, pleased by, or show favor to someone or something. The community has so far looked kindly on the government's development plan for the area. Following the coup, the newly instated dictator did not look kindly on those who previously opposed him.
See also: kindly, look, on

look kindly upon (someone or something)

To be receptive to, approving of, pleased by, or show favor to accept someone or something. The community has so far looked kindly upon the government's development plan for the area. Following the coup, the newly instated dictator did not look kindly upon those who previously opposed him.
See also: kindly, look, upon

take kindly to something

to be agreeable to something. My father doesn't take kindly to anyone using his tools. I hope they'll take kindly to our request.
See also: kindly, take

Thank you kindly.

Thank you very much. Tom: May I give you a lift? Jane: Why, yes. Thank you kindly. Mary: That's a nice suit, and you wear it well. Charlie: Thankyou kindly, ma'am.
See also: kindly, thank

take kindly to

Be receptive to, attracted by, or pleased with, as in He'll take kindly to the criticism if it's constructive, or Henry won't take kindly to your stepping on his newly planted grass. This idiom uses kindly in the sense of "in a pleasant or agreeable manner." [c. 1800]
See also: kindly, take

look ˈkindly on/upon somebody/something

(formal) approve of somebody/something: He hoped they would look kindly on his request.

not take ˈkindly to somebody/something

find it difficult to accept somebody/something: I don’t take kindly to criticism from him.She didn’t take kindly to my suggestion.

take kindly to

1. To be receptive to: take kindly to constructive criticism.
2. To be naturally attracted or fitted to; thrive on.
See also: kindly, take
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7 (1997) (proposing a paradigm for determining how and where to draw the line between reasonable corporal punishment and abuse framed according to legal constraints and informed in relevant ways by science); Kimberlie Young, An Examination of Parental Discipline as a Defense of Justification: It's Time for a Kindlier, Gentler Approach, 46 NAVAL L.
As it goes forth each month, it is with the sincere prayer that those who read it may find something in (its pages that will create a kindlier feeling toward those who having failed along the way are finding the way back.
Performance programs by the teens themselves in a kindlier venue than American Idol will be appropriate, particularly if you can archive sonic of this stuff.
Harold Payne, in an 1894 article, noted that the advance of women in the field was only two decades old: "Within that period, however, the finer, gentler, more sympathetic touch of woman has been widely felt in book and periodical illustration, adding a rosier, kindlier glow to our philosophy, and a new perfume to our sentiment.
Another time, she claims that "it drew nearer, as if some magnetism, born of my kindlier sympathies, melted the barrier between us, close--closer--till something rustled like a light touch the cover of my bed, stirred at my ear
In the 1859 volume, Elaine's active self-sterilization makes for a diametric contrast--but with similar ramifications for the realm's fecundity--with Vivien's active sterilization of Merlin, immuring him in impalpable darkness at the climax of their encounter (MV, 965-68); and the "innocent" gesture of Elaine's arms is one of a cluster of oblique allusions in this Idyll likening her to unfallen Eve ("And never woman yet, since man's first fall, / Did kindlier unto man" [854-55]), in contrast with Vivien's serpent.
The production thus neatly stressed the equivalence between the Duke's and Angelo's desire for Isabella, (21) and even managed to make "Angelo [seem] much the kindlier prospect of the two men" (FitzGerald).
The reason Shakespeare's Troilus 'fails to die' and 'never achieves the status of metonym for fallen Troy, as he does in kindlier sources' may just be that Romeo and Juliet had earlier achieved the status of metonym for the death of their families' feud, and to repeat the device would be to lessen its effect.
Perhaps we would have a kindlier society if this principle were applied to all working in the public sector.
But, unlike matches in Spain and Mexico, these draw on a kindlier tradition from Portugal, which uses nonlethal spears that attach to the bull with Velcro fasteners.
Leung is especially good as the cool mastermind who conceals deeply psychotic rage, while Yam shows a more mature, kindlier side as the surveillance unit vet.
There must be something in a new land, away out in the wilds far from the "madding" crowd, that makes people kindlier to each other.
At the end of the poem, the poet can only gesture towards a kindlier nature by hoping for "a cycle of maybe something more pastoral" even as he undermines that by specifying the "beetles, then maggots, then ants" that will consume the corpse.
Mainstream perceptions of discredited social groups have not necessarily become kindlier with the introduction of mutual obligation, and popular assumptions about the poor need to be challenged.
Some of us have suggested to the American oligarchs that it would be juster, more generous, kindlier, and wiser to dedicate our efforts to creating a Human Century, devoted to the task of providing an opportunity for the greatest number of healthy and happy human beings to live a good life on the planet.