lay store by (something or someone)

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lay store by (something or someone)

To have faith, confidence, or belief in someone or something; to care about, appreciate, or respect someone or something. I, however, have laid store by the promise of the afterlife, so I choose to lead my life piously and devoutly. I'm afraid my brother should be kept off the list of guests, as he's not one to lay great store by obeying social rules or etiquette. It's important to have close friends in life that you may lay store by when times are tough.
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Richards, with Keith Jack and eight others of the Ross Sea Party, endured unimaginable conditions laying store depots for Shackleton's planned crossing of the continent.
14) His poem, located opposite entries for December 5, 1915, (while laying store depots), is titled The Lone South Land, it begins:
Edmund Hillary led a party from Ross Island, laying stores for Fuchs and his team beyond the Pole.
While the ant was busily building her nest, laying stores against the winter, and planning for other contingencies, the grasshopper gallivanted lazily through the days.