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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.
See also: personally, take

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.
References in classic literature ?
For the first time, for many a long year past, he felt personally interested in a total stranger.
She then proceeded to state the facts, without mentioning names: relating in every particular precisely the same succession of events which Geoffrey Delamayn had already related to Sir Patrick Lundie--with this one difference, that she acknowledged herself to be the woman who was personally concerned in knowing whether, by Scottish law, she was now held to be a married woman or not.
She is a sweet lovable girl, as amiable and attentive to every one about her as her excellent mother used to be--though, personally speaking, she takes after her father.
All I could ascertain was that he looked on his niece's marriage as a settled thing, that her father had sanctioned it, that he sanctioned it himself, that it was a desirable marriage, and that he should be personally rejoiced when the worry of it was over.
Synopsis: Americans who personally know someone who is gay or lesbian are more likely than those who do not to support legalized gay marriage, 49% to 27%.
The loss of personally identifiable information can result in substantial harm, embarrassment, and inconvenience to individuals and may lead to identity theft or other fraudulent use of the information.
Just as it is possible for a slave to know more true inner freedom than his master, it is possible for a priest to thrive spiritually and personally in the condition of mandated celibacy.
Jackson also said he was personally disappointed that Odom's chances of making the All-Star team likely would end with the injury.
part of Mark Foley's former congressional district--held fundraisers for the ex-House member, personally donated to his campaigns, and considered him family.
Incidents Involving Personally Identifiable Information
The personally responsible citizen "acts responsibly in his or her community by, for example, picking up liter, giving blood, recycling, obeying laws .
A is not personally liable for repayment of the loan but, rather, pledges as security, assets not used in the activity with a $6,000 net fair market value (FMV).
For most of their careers, Blackmun and Burger were both personally and ideologically compatible; as federal appellate judges, both were wary about liberal trends in the law and exhibited a penchant for deference to the legislative branches.
OTTAWA -- "The Government of Canada is committed to doing as much as we can to help reunite close family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents who have been, and continue to be, seriously and personally affected by the disaster," said Minister Judy Sgro.