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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.
See also: kindly, not, take, to

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!"
See also: kindly, thank

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.
See also: kindly, take, to

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]
See also: kindly, take, to
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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The Portuguese and Danish children stay nice as they get older, but in most countries the kindliest children are the youngest.
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Honourable Lahore High Court has granted appeal of two Pakistani Christians (a) Salamat Masih, a minor of 13/14 years of age and (b) Rahmat Alias Barkat Masih an elder of about 40 years, condemned by the Sessions Court, Lahore for blasphemy against the kindliest and the most merciful prophet of Islam, Hazrat Mohammad (PBUH).
What choice to choose for delicacy best, What order, so contriv'd as not to mix Tastes, not well join'd, inelegant, but bring Taste after taste upheld with kindliest change.
These critics arc not just traditional reviewers of the 1930s and their New Critical counterparts, but such recent and undeniably sympathetic readers as Michael Millgate, Donald Kartiganer, Eric Sundquist, and Ir-ving Howe, who once described As I Lay Dying as "the warmcst, the kindliest and the most affectionate" of Faulkner's novels.(3) The comedy in Faulkner's major novels is so sustained that his critics are usually unwilling to label it comic relief Nor are they willing to see Faulkner's suffering protagonists as tragic heroes and heroines.
I remember one very, senior woman who was one of the kindliest people I have known, but she had worked for twenty years in the prison service.
He expressed no bitterness in his October 20, 1923, farewell message, stating, |I leave England only with the kindliest of feelings'.
It may be the kindliest meeting of land and sea anywhere around Puget Sound.
Perhaps technically the play is not as perfect as those of Sheridan and lacks the sharp wit of the Restoration comedies, but it reflects the author's own rich and genial personality and will continue to be produced and read and loved as one of the kindliest and funniest of all comedies.
Perhaps most of all will have been the students of Birmingham Conservatoire, who both performed for him and had their compositions scrutinised by him, all with the kindliest yet shrewdest perspicacity.
The Times in its obituary said of him that "his name will be remembered as the Apostle of the Pacific, soundest of scholars, kindliest of teachers, most practical of friends.
It's quite simply one of the loveliest, happiest, kindliest feel-good movies ever made.