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think a lot of

think highly or well or the world of
. Have a good opinion of, regard very favorably, as in
I think a lot of my daughter-in-law
, or
He didn't think highly of this company
, or
Dean thought the world of his youngest
. These expressions use
in the sense of “regard” or “value,” a usage dating from the late 1300s. For antonyms, see
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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