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take (something) personally

To be offended, upset, or negatively affected by something at a personal level; to consider something as being a direct, personal attack against oneself. Don't take his comments personally—he's that hard on everyone in the office. I know these comments are all from anonymous people on the internet that I'll never meet, but it's still hard not to take them personally. I'm just afraid that all these people we're not inviting to the wedding will take it personally.
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take something personally

to interpret a remark as if it were mean or critical about oneself. Don't take it personally, but you really need a haircut. I want to tell you something, but please don't take it personally.
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take something ˈpersonally

feel personally offended by somebody’s general remark, etc: I was talking about people having smelly socks, and I’m afraid Mike took it personally.Look, don’t take this personally, Sue, but there are several people in this office who are not working hard enough.
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Fiduciaries remain personally liable for delegated activities performed by their agents.
Razavi provides taxpayers with an opportunity to structure the lease of a dwelling unit so that they can deduct losses while using the unit personally for a longer period than allowed under previous cases.
If a shareholder wishes to create additional basis by means of a direct loan, the shareholder can personally borrow the money for the loan using other assets as collateral.
We hope that this great show of thanks and praise will entice those patients recovering in physical therapy at Walter Reed to join us in the event so that we can thank them personally," stated Theobald.
All of these companies work, in some way, with the nominees, and board members are personally familiar with the nominees' contributions to NAMI and the behavioral health industry.
A week later, Fidler clarified himself, saying minors could be indicted if personally accused of carrying out the killing.
Bement, the question regards a closely held corporation, and if the corporation is bankrupt, will the corporate owners be held personally liable.
Juvenile defendants in a murder case can be indicted by a grand jury only if they are accused of personally carrying out the killing, a judge said Monday.
She travels to Europe 6-8 times annually to personally visit locations, hand pick chefs, and select accommodations.
Hahn personally endorsed reinstating the program that was dismantled by Parks who believes the SLOs should augment normal patrols and that all officers should be effective community relations officers.
It can be done personally or by a deputy in the name of Allah.
White House officials conducted the 1996 campaign amid a climate of internal fear over their ability to raise record-setting sums of money, a fear that led to recommendations that President Clinton personally solicit contributions by telephone and sent him on a constant cross-country dash in pursuit of cash, according to documents released Wednesday.
Simmonds and group of colleagues, and that 500,000 shares were to be personally acquired by Mr.
It has been my desire to be affiliated with a commercial bank that personally customizes its services to its clients and I am pleased to be a part of CommerceWest Bank," added Mr.
6% of respondents nationwide indicated they personally perform bedside emergency ultrasound.