Take someone at his word

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Does "take someone at his word" mean that we have to believe word by word what he is saying?

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  • No. It means that you have accepted what someone has said with no other supporting evidence -- usually because you consider the speaker to be trustworthy or reputable.

    John told me that two leprechauns talked to him, and told him where to find a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. I would not believe this story from anyone else, but John is so trustworthy I will just take him at his word that this actually happened.


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    American English
    WR dictionary: word: 4 (one's word) a person's account of the truth, especially when it differs from that of another person.
    a promise or assurance.

    To take someone at their word is simply to believe them in general.
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