take for granted

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take for granted

  1. Consider as true or real, anticipate correctly, as in I took it for granted that they'd offer to pay for their share but I was wrong. [c. 1600]

  2. Underestimate the value of, become used to, as in The editors felt that the publisher was taking them for granted.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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