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near and dear to (one)

Of great importance to and held in very high esteem by one. Literature has been near and dear to me since high school. It's important to have people in your life who are near and dear to you.
See also: and, dear, near
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Time slips by but memories stay as near and dear as yesterday.
Islamabad, April 01, 2011 (Frontier Star): President Asif Ali Zardari expressed sympathies with the Japanese people especially with those who had to face irreparable loss of their near and dear ones and for those who were adversely affected by the disaster.
Several near and dear ones gather to say, "We're worried about you and love you too much to watch you drink your life away.
Near and dear to Piscopo's heart is Jersey Joe's Gyms, a Newark program involving the city's police department and Boys & Girls Club.
Time slips by but memories stay, as near and dear as yesterday.