At face value, take



Accept from its outward appearance, as in You can’t always take a manufacturer’s advertisements at face value; they’re bound to exaggerate. Literally this idiom has referred to the monetary value printed on a bank note, stock certificate, bond, or other financial instrument since the 1870s. The figurative usage is from the late 1800s.

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    a defect or imperfection; flaw; failing: a fault in the brakes; a fault in one’s character. responsibility for failure or a wrongful act: It is my fault that we have not finished. an error or mistake: a fault in addition. a misdeed or transgression: to confess one’s faults. Sports. a ball that when served does […]

  • At first

    Initially, at the start, as in At first the berries were green, but when they ripened they turned bright red. [ Second half of 1500s ]



  • At first sight

    the power or faculty of seeing; perception of objects by use of the eyes; vision. an act, fact, or instance of seeing. one’s range of vision on some specific occasion: Land is in sight. a view; glimpse. mental perception or regard; judgment. something seen or worth seeing; spectacle: the sights of London. Informal. something unusual, […]

  • At first hand

    Directly from the origin, without intervention or intermediary. For example, I prefer to hear his criticism at first hand, rather than having it passed on by my boss. This phrase uses hand in the sense of “person” (coming directly from one person). [ First half of 1700s ] Also see: at second hand



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