to take lightly

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - take lightly

"to take lightly"

to not consider seriously


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - take lightly

Two colleague are talking ...

Colleague 1:  What did the boss want to see you about?

Colleague 2:  The same as always.  She tells me over and over what I am doing wrong and how to improve my performance.  I don't really take what she says seriously.

Colleague 1:  Other people have been fired for poor performance.  You shouldn't take the boss's suggestions lightly.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - take lightly

Two students are talking ...

Student 1:  I've been put on academic suspension. Excellent! Now I can have a little holiday.

Student 2:  Aren't you taking this suspension a little lightly? It could jeopardize your entire future.

Student 1:  Whatever! Life is too short to be so serious all the time.

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to take lightly - Gerund Form:

Taking the boss's admonitions lightly is not a good idea.

to take lightly - Examples:

1)  It's not a choice that should be taken lightly when lives are at stake.

2)  Knowing how to terminate an employee is a serious matter, never to be taken lightly.

3)  The luxury of health is not to be taken lightly.

4)  ... but it's a HUGE decision to make and one not to be taken lightly.

5)  They are not crimes to be taken lightly, and that is the price you pay for being dysfunctional in society.

6)  I do not take lightly the faith and confidence you have placed in me.

7)  Breaking up with your doctor is not a choice most people take lightly, but there may come a time when it's the single best decision for ...

8)  Abandoning a facility is a serious decision and one that we do not take lightly but at no time were these workers in danger.

9)  Abandoning a facility is a serious decision and one that we do not take lightly but at no time were these workers in danger ...

10)  Owning a firearm is not a right that I take lightly.

11)  Drum parts aren't something to be taking lightly. They can be the difference between a dull thud and a bright beat.

12)  ... the process of choosing a doula and it isn't a decision we are taking lightly.

13)  Taking lightly humorous steps to address a serious matter, this whimsical look at romance and other ...

14)  It's a big job, and one that I'm not taking lightly.

15)  Payday loans are not investments that you should be taking lightly. A loan like this could be used for all sorts of valuable short-term needs ...

16)  Usually it is a very painful decision that no one takes lightly.

17)  ... the Government's emphasis on financial stability That is something that the Labour party takes lightly, although we have emphasized it.

18)  ... man after our own feebleness; we count alarming and grave what his felicity takes lightly: He would be neither wise nor in the state of happiness if he had ...

19)  Appearance isn't something she takes lightly, she sees it as a kind of political statement.

20)  The worst sin is that which the sinner takes lightly.