in awe

in awe (of someone or something)

Having a great amount of respect or admiration for someone, sometimes to the point of feeling nervous or fearful around them. Everyone in town was in awe of the movie star as he came through on his vacation. I've always been in awe of people who dedicate their lives to something like the military.
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in awe (of someone or something)

fearful and respectful of someone or something. Everyone in the country was in awe of the king and queen. I love my new car. In fact, I'm in awe of it.
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While interacting with US swimmer and atheist Diana Nyad on her show 'Soul to Soul', the talk show Queen asked Nyad if she was not a God person, then why was she still deeply in awe of the universe like she had told the show's producers, the Independent reported.
The Merseyside defenders were also in awe of the rampaging Drogba, who's surely put a stop to any questions concerning his hunger at Chelsea.
Tony Czarnecki remembers a young boy just getting into baseball who would come into his Canoga Park sporting goods store in awe of his older brother who was already a star in the West Hills Little League program.
And rather than seeing only threats when we witness the blessings received by unorthodox seekers, we should fall on our knees in awe and gratitude that the Spirit so longs to connect with us that she will seek us out in whatever dark alley we might have strayed.
Or in awe that feels like true fear, we wonder at the power of storms in places of warm winters.
Twentysomethings have watched their parents' occupational agonies in awe and wondered: why isn't anyone changing the face of business and how we get things done?
Food experts and their employers, who have millions of dollars riding on their ability to create designer fats, stand in awe of the real thing.
There were a few children who milled about in awe as the Santa stand-ins got together for the first July picnic of the Amalgamated Order of Real Santas, which they expect to make an annual event.
A consideration in this early deployment involves the rights and obligation of DoCoMo's investment in AWE of launching UMTS in at least 13 markets by mid-2004.