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English definition of “can take it or leave it”

can take it or leave it

said about something that you quite like, but that you do not love or need strongly : My sister's absolutely crazy about chocolate whereas I can take it or leave it.Lacking interest and enthusiasmUnwilling and reluctantNot showing or feeling emotions Grammar:Phrases with takeWe use take in a lot of phrases, especially with nouns. In these cases, the meaning of take depends on the noun:Grammar:TakeTake means ‘move with something or someone from where the speaker or listener is to a different place’:Grammar:Take: other meaningsTake can mean ‘remove without permission’:
(Definition of can take it or leave it from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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