One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Interpret a remark or action as directed against oneself and be upset or offended by it.‘at first I took it personally when he yelled at me’
take something as an insult, regard something as a slight, take something amiss, take offence at, be offended byView synonyms
- ‘He took it personally and came raging back straight away.’
- ‘I was really upset about this and took it personally.’
- ‘The judge in question took the remark personally and filed a complaint.’
- ‘I took the whole thing personally for about a half an hour, and then I decided to set it aside.’
- ‘They often take things personally, and their feelings are hurt easily.’
- ‘But of course I took it personally, like I always do.’
- ‘Martin has a habit of taking things personally.’
- ‘It is a matter of responding, rather than reacting, and not taking things personally.’
- ‘One of my favorite online friends, Melissa, took it personally when she IM'd me today and I didn't respond.’
- ‘The fact that I mention this today doesn't mean that I'm taking it personally.’
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