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look kindly on (someone or something)

To be receptive to, approving of, pleased by someone or something, or to 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.
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look kindly upon (someone or something)

To be receptive to, approving of, pleased by someone or something, or to show favor to 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

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, to

thank you kindly

A very polite and friendly expression of gratitude to someone (for something). A: "Here are the documents you asked for, Mr. Lubbock." B: "Thank you kindly, Sarah." A: "That's a really nice dress, Mrs. Marshal." B: "Aw, that's so sweet. Thank you kindly, Billy!"
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thanks kindly

A very polite and friendly expression of gratitude to someone (for something). A: "Here are the documents you asked for, Mr. Lubbock." B: "Thanks kindly, Sarah." A: "That's a really nice dress, Mrs. Marshal." B: "Aw, that's so sweet—thanks kindly, Billy!"
See also: kindly, thanks
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
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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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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.
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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, to
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Again and again one sees through the writer's eyes a society struggling to regain its 'kindlier past.'
The prophet (S) said, "Among the seven whom Allah keeps in His shadow are also two men who love each other for His sake, constant whether together or apart." Someone said, "A little loyalty after death is better than much during a lifetime." Allah said, "Tell My servants to say what is kindlier. Surely, Shaytan sets them in variance." (Al-Qur'an 17:53).
Then he offered a kindlier version of the errant scientist in The Flesh and the Fiends (1960), a Triad production describing the 1828 Edinburgh criminal case in which the anatomy Professor Robert Knox (1791-1862), in need of corpses for experiments, secured the services of two graverobbers, William Burke (1792-1929) and William Hare (1792/1804--after 1829).
MOVE over Vicky Donor, for the world has just become a kindlier place for infertile men.
LeMay hopes her book will guide readers to Dickinson, help them encounter the richness of her poetry, and finally, gain the "kindlier" and "jauntier view of God" that she has found in the poems after years of diligent reading (14).
On this at least the oarsmen might agree: That just as 'beat your swords to ploughshares' states A precept kindlier than the harsh decree That drove them on, so when this yarn relates Their oarsmanship to harvest, or equates His strong-arm stuff to skilful husbandry, The truth of what that counter-myth narrates Lies in its georgic turn.
It owns and operates every link in its production chain and thus can exercise maximum control over its processes and ensure customers maximum transparency as it aims to deliver pink prime--healthier, kindlier, more sustainable meat.
I just want to ask people with settled lives and futures to look in a kindlier way at the totally dispossessed.
They can produce the most spectacular of scenic shots and seem to cast a kindlier light on all manner of scenes.
If we are ever to turn towards a kindlier society and a safer world, a revulsion to physical punishment of children would be a good place to start.
Recently, this new "kindlier, gentler" portrait has been called into question again by some media opinions after long-overdue papal reprimands to dissenting priests in Europe and a group of women religious in the United States(see "Vatican reprimands LCWR" under United States).
A final meeting with Elizabeth is demeaning for him as Elizabeth rebukes him and cynically notes that "None of your plays will ever carry your name." Ben Jonson is kindlier. In a final meeting with Jonson, de Vere consigns a large leather binder to him, bursting with the parchments of the plays.
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..