take as gospel(redirected from take for gospel)
take something as gospel
To believe that something is absolutely true without any hesitation or reservations. When we're growing up, we take what our parents tell us as gospel. That's part of why teenagers are so rebellious, because they're just starting to realize their parents' fallibility. The beloved professor's opinions on the author are taken as gospel by his students.
take as gospel
Also, take for gospel. Believe absolutely, regard as true, as in We took every word of his as gospel, but in fact he was often mistaken. This idiom, first recorded in 1496, uses gospel in the sense of the absolute truth. Also see gospel truth.