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lavish something (up)on someone

to give something freely to someone; to squander something on someone. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) The manager lavished all sorts of favors upon the new employee. Susan lavished compliments on the cook.
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lavish on

To give or bestow something in abundance to someone or something: The critics lavished praise on the new movie. The pundits lavished scorn on the new mayor.
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lavish with

To enhance or praise something or someone with something: The teacher lavished the best students with praise. The tables were lavished with decorations.
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In his writings Augustine lavishly praised her wisdom, perseverance, and holiness.
It was 1968 when Mel Brooks first offered up his story of a nebbishy accountant and a theatrical producer who hire a lavishly gay director to mount surefire Broadway failure Springtime for Hitler, and legend has it the film almost wasn't released.
Jasper lavishly praises "Tom" Altizer (who lavishly praises him back on the book jacket).
WHILE SHE can usually be found in Portland, OR, Jayanthi Raman and the company she directs, the Natya Indian Dance Company, are in the middle of a thirty-city tour of Gajamukha, a lavishly costumed evening-length production about the elephant-headed Lord Ganesha.
While the scope of the project necessitates superficiality, Wells and the Oxford Press offer the general reader an appealing, lavishly illustrated volume.
At ten grand it's not that cheap, but these old jeeps are so fast, versatile, lavishly equipped and fun to drive they really are an irresistible proposition.
Although the translation sometimes reads awkwardly, the information and insights that this encyclopedic, lavishly illustrated volume offers are worth considering--and often savoring--as they knowledgeably illuminate the social attitudes, cultural values and political aspirations that distinguish the modern arts of Africa.
Convention participants will be invited a to Welcome Reception under the auspices of the Principality of Monaco, which will take place in the lavishly decorated Salle Empire of the Hotel de Paris.
She in turn lavishly praised Meyer's recent book "Famous and Historic Trees" and commented that of all the things she enjoys planting, trees are her favorites.
For weeks, the hellish scenes have been lavishly, obscenely portrayed for all to see, over and over again, on television, in magazines and newspapers.
The initial celebration included the blessing of the order's new chapel -- which was lavishly decorated with fresh flower wreaths -- and its furnishings, including the lectern, altar, candlesticks and processional cross, all made from mother-of-pearl.
This lavishly illustrated paperback edition of Derek Brewer's book on Chaucer's life and times (first published in 1978 and reissued in 1992) celebrates the 600th anniversary of Chaucer's death.
Based loosely on Dante's epic poem, the performance took the audience on a lavishly set and lit walking tour of the nine circles of hell to visit lost souls--from mobsters, fascists, and the mad to American tourists and hapless individuals slaving at menial jobs.
This is a handsome and engrossing book, lavishly and effectively illustrated, well packed and well written--the reader travels first class.
Lavishly illustrated with color photos, the primer covers production methods, explains various styles and offers food pairing suggestions.