at face value
at face value
from outward appearance; from what something first appears to be. (From the value printed on the “face” of a coin or bank note.) •

Don't just accept her offer at face value. Think of the implications.

Joan tends to take people at face value and so she is always getting hurt.

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{prep. phr.} What one can actually hear, read, or see; literally. * /John is so honest that you can take his words at face value./ * /This store's advertisements are honest; take them at face value./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • at face value — {prep. phr.} What one can actually hear, read, or see; literally. * /John is so honest that you can take his words at face value./ * /This store s advertisements are honest; take them at face value./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

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  • take something at face value — take (something) at face value to accept something because of the way it first looks or seems, without thinking about what else it could mean. These results should not be taken at face value careful analysis is required to assess their full… …   New idioms dictionary

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  • Face value — is the value of a coin, stamp or paper money, as printed on the coin, stamp or bill itself by the minting authority. While the face value usually refers to the true value of the coin, stamp or bill in question (as with circulation coins) it can… …   Wikipedia

  • face value — noun count or uncount the value of a stamp or coin that is shown on the front of it take someone/something at face value or accept someone/something at face value to accept someone or something without considering whether they really are what… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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