place (someone or something) (up) on a pedestal

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place (someone or something) (up) on a pedestal

To believe or behave as if someone or something is perfect, extraordinarily wonderful, or better than others. I know it's easy to be smitten with a romantic partner, but I don't think it's healthy for one to place the other up on a pedestal. Stephen has been placing classic literature on a pedestal ever since college, so he gets really judgmental of other genres he deems to be inferior.
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put/set/place somebody on a ˈpedestal

admire somebody so much that you are unable to see their faults: Don’t try to put her on a pedestal, she’s as guilty as the rest of them! OPPOSITE: look down your nose (at somebody/something)
A pedestal is the base that a statue rests on.
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