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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
take kindly to
1. To be receptive to: take kindly to constructive criticism.
2. To be naturally attracted or fitted to; thrive on.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.