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not take kindly to (something)

To be unreceptive to, displeased by, or unwilling to accept a particular 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 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

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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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.
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But the people in Pontygwaith were the kindliest, liveliest people you'd meet if you circled the earth: they'd sing, box, or side-step their way through towns ten times the size, and when it came to a strike they stuck it out the longest.
O friendship, equal-poised control, O heart, with kindliest motion warm, O sacred essence, other form, O solemn ghost, O crowned soul
In 1951 Schrodinger wrote, "I think I must accuse Bohr--though in actual fact he is one of the kindliest persons I ever came to know--of an unnecessary cruelty for his proposing to kill his victim by observation.
For example in a speech entitled "On Adam" he told his audience, "Death, the refuge, the solace, the best and kindliest and most prized friend and benefactor of the erring, the forsaken, the old, and weary, and broken of heart, whose burdens be heavy upon them, and who would lie down and be at rest" (31).
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 Secretary of the Timber Workers' Union would later recall that Gibson was 'the whitest [sic] and kindliest man I have ever met, inside or outside the Labour movement'.
He smiles, his kindliest smile, and tells you not to worry, no one
The recovery from disease is the kindliest exhibition of divine power, and the Christian medical missionary occupies a lofty vantage ground in his work.
My kindliest offering on its behalf, however cheap it is reckoned to be at between pounds 10,000 and pounds 14,000, is that it has a generous boot.