Yes, there could be consequences associated with that phrase: loss of reputation, loss of friendship, etc.
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I understand this idiom means to believe in what somebody is saying. Does it also imply that this 'somebody' can be held responsible / face the consequences (whatever these may be) for saying something which turns out not to be true? If not, is there an English idiom which combines the two meanings?
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Hello, Jarek Steliga:
I am replying only because I thought that you would like to know another expression with a somewhat similar meaning.
Mona: I wonder who is going to be elected president in 2016.
Raul: _____ _____ will be elected. Period. End of discussion.
Mona: Are you sure?
Raul: You can take it to the bank. (I guess that "it" refers to Raul's confident prediction.)
(If Raul turns out to be wrong, will he "be held responsible"? I will let you decide for yourself.)
Your comment made me realize that we are probably speaking here of two very distinct idioms/expessions/situations (however in my opening post I clearly referred to only one of them).
1. "Take my word for it" - meaning, you may depend on what I say (and the possibility that what I say is in fact wrong is not even taken into consideration)
2. "I will take your word for it" - meaning, I accept what you are saying as the truth, but if what you are saying should actually turn out to be wrong, I will come back to you and confront you, demand an explanation, hold you responsible for possible unpleasant consequences resulting from your mistake or lie (and I take MikeNewYork's word for this )
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I, personally, would never take anybody's word on any serious matter unless I knew from long experience that they were trustworthy.
I agree that it is the context that determines the responsibility- if I say I will take my lawyer's word for something, it would have a far greater responsibility attached than if I take a friend's word for something in a pub.
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