take someone at their word

take (one) at (one's) word

To accept what one says without further verifying or investigating. Why some people take that pundit at his word is beyond me. He clearly has an ulterior motive. You're right to be wary, but, in this case, I think we can take John at his word. He's just trying to help.
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take someone at their word

interpret a person's words literally or exactly, especially by believing them or doing as they suggest.
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