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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.
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.
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.
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]
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/somethingfind 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.