take (something) amiss

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take (something) amiss

To consider something unhelpful, unappreciated, or offensive. Please don't take my comment amiss—I was merely trying to suggest a few ways to improve your performance, not criticize everything about it. A: "I was just making a joke, so I hope I didn't hurt anyone's feelings." B: "Don't worry, I don't think anyone took it amiss."
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take something amiss

 and take something the wrong way
to understand something as wrong or insulting. Would you take it amiss if I told you I thought you look lovely? I was afraid you'd take it the wrong way.
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take something aˈmiss

(British English) feel offended by something, perhaps because you have understood it in the wrong way: Would she take it amiss if I offered to help? OPPOSITE: take something in good part
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References in classic literature ?
You will not take it amiss if I express my strong disapproval of your allowing yourself, on any pretense whatever, to be mixed up for the future with your sister's proceedings.
Some of the peasants said that these new arrivals were Russians and might take it amiss that the mistress was being detained.