Hot Takes and Spit Takes

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Take is one of the most generic and therefore versatile verbs (and, as a noun, has multiple senses), prompting an extensive collection of idioms, many of which are listed below.

give and take: compromise
hot take: a published reaction or analysis of a recent news event that, often because of the time-sensitive nature, doesn’t offer much in the way of deep reflection
I take it: a synonym for “I understand” as an introduction to expressing that the speaker or writer believes that something has occurred or is true and seeks corroboration
intake: an opening for the collection or passage of fluid; also, input, or something taken in
it doesn’t take: a statement (generally in the past tense) communicating a failure, or the beginning of a statement that some quality is not required to accomplish or understand something (as in “It doesn’t take a genius to realize that John’s dishonest”)
it takes two: two parties are required to achieve a result
on the take: being paid to do favors, or receiving bribes
outtake: something removed from a piece of media, such as a scene from a television program or a film or a song recorded for but not included on an album; also, a flue or vent
retake: the action of filming or recording a scene or a song as an improvement on an earlier instance, or a repeated instance of filming or recording; as a verb, receive or take again, photograph again, or recapture
spit take: an act of suddenly spitting out liquid one is drinking in response to something funny or unexpected
take a back seat: accept a subordinate role (from the notion of being relegated to the back seat of a vehicle)
take a bath: suffer a significant financial loss (from the notion of having one’s wealth cleaned away)
take a chill pill: relax
take (one) to court: sue someone
take (one) to the cleaners: deprive someone of money or possessions (from the notion of having clothes professionally cleaned)
take a hike/walk: leave
take a load off: a slang invitation to sit and relax
take a meeting: participate in a meeting
take a powder: leave quickly (origin obscure)
take a seat: be seated
take a stand: express an opinion on a controversial or divisive issue, or act to defend or attack a status quo
take account of: consider or note
take advantage of: exploit or profit by
take after: resemble in some quality
take aim/take aim at: target
take an interest in: become interested in an activity or issue
take apart: disassemble, or treat harshly or roughly
take care of: attend to or provide for
take care: be careful
take charge: assume command or control
take credit: communicate that one is responsible for an outcome
take effect: become operative or be effective
take exception: object
take five: slang indicating permission to cease an activity, such as a rehearsal, for five minutes
take for granted: assume, or devalue
take (someone) for a ride: cheat or trick (from the notion of offering a person a ride in a vehicle as part of a plot)
take fright: become frightened
take (something) hard: suffer emotional pain from knowledge of an unfortunate or disadvantageous incident or result
take heart: gain confidence or courage
take hold: take effect, or grasp
take in vain: use a name (generally, that of a deity or religious figure) disrespectfully or profanely
take into account: make allowance for
take issue: disagree or dispute
take it easy: slang urging someone to discontinue acting emotionally or violently, or an informal farewell with the notion of “be at peace or relaxed”
take it on the chin: suffer from an occurrence (on the analogy of being struck by a fist)
take it or leave it: expression of an ultimatum
take it out on (one): vindictively punish someone for something they are not responsible for
take kindly to: be inclined to accept or approve
(someone or something) take(s) a load off (one’s mind): relieve(s) pressure or a sense of responsibility
take me for: part of a question (such as “What do you take me for—an idiot?”) with the sentiment “Do you assume that I am not intelligent or perceptive?”
take no prisoners: show no mercy or be relentless
take note/take notice of: observe or pay attention to
take offense: become offended
take office: assume the responsibility of an appointed or elected position
take on (something): accept a responsibility
take pains: go out of one’s way to effect an outcome
take part: participate
take place: occur
take (one’s) place: figuratively or literally position oneself in a role or among others
take root: become established, fixed, or rooted
take shape: become distinctly developed or formed
take shelter: protect oneself from adverse conditions such as a storm
take ship: set out on a voyage
take sides: ally with one of two parties, or advocate for one position in a disagreement
take the blame: accept responsibility for a negative outcome
take the cake: earn a prize (often said sarcastically in reference to outrageous behavior)
(one) take(s) the Fifth: said in reference to refusing to divulge information (from the notion of invoking the Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution to protect oneself from self-incrimination)
take the floor: stand to formally address an assembly
take the plunge: pursue an opportunity, from the notion of diving or jumping into water
take the rap: accept responsibility for a mistake or a crime (from underworld slang referring to a criminal charge)
take (one’s time): act leisurely
take to (something): slang referring to adapting to or becoming comfortable with an activity or a person, or to going to or into
take to task: criticize
take the trouble: undertake an activity or begin to effect an outcome
take (one’s) turn: accept an opportunity to undertake something that two or more people are doing in turn
take turns: an admonition to be fair about letting others do something in turn
take:
(someone or something) take(s) some getting used to: expression of the sentiment that someone or something is difficult to accommodate or is a challenge
take water/take on water: figuratively or literally sinking
take (one’s) word for it: believe another’s account or explanation
what’s your take?: A question requesting one’s version of an incident or analysis of or opinion about an issue

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