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Take stock


Consider one’s potential or circumstances. Review one’s situation, potentialities or allies. ‘Stock’ refers to items one has in their possession and to take stock is to review which, if any, could be of use to assist in a specific problem.¬† You can stock of your life after landing in jail or you could take stock of your team’s ability to win an athletic team. ‘Take’ is used in the sense of reviewing. (Compare to Chew on, Sleep on it, Take into account or Think over.)

“Son, I hope you take stock in what I’ve been telling you.”

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