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    Default take no nonsense

    let me know the meaning and usage of the idiom take no nonsense

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    Default Re: take no nonsense

    nonsense means insolent talk or behavior, impudence.

    In the example 'I take no nonsense from my pupils' (or: I wouldn't take any nonsense from my pupils) one means:
    'I don't tolerate their insolent behaviour'.

    Understood?
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    Default Re: take no nonsense

    Sorry...I didn't mean it that way. I'm so ashamed...

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    Default Re: take no nonsense

    Quote Originally Posted by bianca View Post
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    Understood?
    I don't want to labour the point here (I know nobody misunderstood or took offence). But it's worth underlining the point that "Understood?" sounds a bit terse: a parent who's bought a big present might say "Until Christmas, the study is Santa's workshop - so don't go in there. Understood?"

    A gentler way, when talking to a student, would be to say 'Is that clear?' or 'Do you understand?'

    b

    PS And apologies for the further digression.

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