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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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The Portuguese and Danish children stay nice as they get older, but in most countries the kindliest children are the youngest.
Even the kindliest of them really just doesn't "get it.
The kindliest comment to make about the Furtwanglerian attribution game is that by our nature, we resent anonymity in art: in that respect, a fictive web of names and careers is better than no web at all.
Vinovskis is above all a critic; yet he is the kindliest of critics and lavish in acknowledging his debt to those who have preceded him in asking the questions that claim his attention.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.