1. accept something or what somebody says without question
take what somebody says at face value
To take something or someone at face value means to trust without verification or investigation. Whether in a social or professional context, trust without verification can be a sign of naivety and result in negative repercussions, especially when dealing with somebody with an ulterior motive. You can also take someone or something at face value out of desperation, especially where money is concerned. Similar phrases are 'place trust in,' and 'have faith in.'