take kindly to


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take kindly to (something)

To be receptive to, pleased by, or willing to accept a particular behavior or activity. (Usually used in negative constructions.) John just doesn't take kindly to criticism, which is why no one tells him what they really think. I'd take more kindly to your request if you didn't have such a nasty tone when you said it.
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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.
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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]
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take kindly to

1. To be receptive to: take kindly to constructive criticism.
2. To be naturally attracted or fitted to; thrive on.
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