face value

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face value (plural face values)

  1. The amount or value listed on a bill, note, stamp, etc.; the stated value or amount.
  2. (idiomatic) No more or less than what is stated; a literal or direct meaning or interpretation.
    Please take this comment at face value and don't try to read anything into it.
    • 2020 June 3, Sam Mullins OBE discusses with Stefanie Foster, “LTM: a new chapter begins at 40”, in Rail, page 52:
      Few museums have such a coherent collection that covers so many different areas of interest as the London Transport Museum. At face value, it is a collection of urban transport in London. In reality, it is so much more.


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