mean the world to (someone)

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mean the world to (someone)

1. To be ardently loved by or exceptionally important to someone. My little daughter means the world to me—I would do absolutely anything for her. Our cats mean the world to my boyfriend—he's completely obsessed with them!
2. To be something for which someone is deeply grateful or appreciative. Thank you so much for taking care of my kids when I was in the hospital. It really means the world to me!
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Mrs Dalton, who cares for two mentally-ill residents at her home, said: "They mean nothing to anyone else but they mean the world to me, and I always carried them with me.
It will be wonderful to bring as many of these Honored Heroes out here, it will mean the world to them to attend a baseball game," Zimmerman said.
In her letter Gigi, 34, said "it would mean the world to me if you could just not be so terrified of [Sean Eav, her partner], and treat her like a normal, dignified human being".
The boys mean the world to them but having a girl is a new adventure.
GARETH Barry today thanked the hundreds of Villa fans who have flooded the Birmingham Mail with their messages of support admitting: "They mean the world to me" as he faces up to the biggest decision of his life.
Two words we don't hear very often nowadays, but they can mean the world to those they are spoken to.
Having the chance to sit down with Cynthia Phelps and discuss all types of music would mean the world to me,'' she wrote on her Guerin Prize essay.
These gifts mean the world to our boys out there," he said.
The bond with dad is going to be so easy, but that's not to say mum and daughter won't mean the world to each other.
And - most importantly of all - does this mean the world could be supplied with an endless amount of Russell Crowes?
These awards mean the world to us as they have been voted for by parents.
The eleven tracks - each chosen for its positive, uplifting message include: "A Rose Is Still A Rose" by Aretha Franklin, "Possession" by Sarah McLachlan, "Nobody's Supposed To Be Here" by Deborah Cox, "Precious" by Annie Lennox, "As Time Goes By" by Carly Simon, "Sweetest Decline" by Beth Orton, "Deja Vu" by Dionne Warwicke, "You Mean the World To Me" by Toni Braxton, "Here With Me" by Dido, "The Real Thing" by Lisa Stansfield, and "Step By Step" by Whitney Houston.
Amid the ongoing "war on terror" and Iraq occupation, does a second term for Dubya mean the world becomes a safer or more perilous place?
In this land of plenty, plenty of people have little, and your small effort can mean the world to someone in need.
Canada has the motivation of not expecting to go this far, and then beating us would mean the world to them.