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give sb the benefit of the doubt

to believe something good about someone, rather than something bad, when you have the possibility of doing either: I didn't know whether his story was true or not, but I decided to give him the benefit of the doubt.
Translations of “give sb the benefit of the doubt”
in Chinese (Traditional) 往好處想(某人)…
in Russian принимать на веру…
in Turkish yanlış ve yalan olduğunun bilinmesine rağmen birinin söylediklerine inanmayı seçmek…
in Chinese (Simplified) 往好处想(某人)…
in Polish wierzyć komuś na słowo…
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