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sing the praises of (someone or something)

To speak very highly of someone or something; to enthusiastically endorse someone or something; to extol the virtues, benefits, or good qualities of someone or something. Our manager has been singing the praises of the new developers she hired. I just hope that they're up to the job! Jeff was singing the praises of his smartphone all last week, until it froze on him all of a sudden last night.
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praise from Sir Hubert

The most prestigious compliment one can receive. Derived from a line in the 1797 Thomas Morton play A Cure for the Heartache. The CEO actually commended you for your work on the project? Wow, that's praise from Sir Hubert indeed!
See also: praise, sir

praise the Lord, and pass the ammunition

Keep going, despite trouble or stress. The phrase is widely believed to have been said by a Navy chaplain during the attack on Pearl Harbor; it later became the title of a popular patriotic song. Until help comes, there's nothing we can do but keep trying to plug the holes in the roof. Praise the Lord, and pass the ammunition!
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sing (someone's or something's) praises

To speak very highly of something or someone; to enthusiastically endorse someone or something; to extol the virtues, benefits, or good qualities of someone or something. Our manager has been singing the new developers' praises. I hope they're up to the job! Jeff sang his phone's praises right up until it froze on him all of a sudden last night.
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damn someone or something with faint praise

Fig. to criticize someone or something indirectly by not praising enthusiastically. The critic did not say that he disliked the play, but he damned it with faint praise. Mrs. Brown is very proud of her son's achievements, but damns her daughter's with faint praise.
See also: damn, faint, praise

praise someone or something to the skies

Fig. to give someone or something much praise. He wasn't very good, but his friends praised him to the skies. They liked your pie. Everyone praised it to the skies.
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Self-praise is no recommendation.

Prov. If you praise yourself, people will think that you are boastful and will not respect you. After listening to the lawyer brag about his achievements for a solid half hour, I decided I would find someone else to handle my case. Self-praise is no recommendation.

sing someone's or something's praises

 and sing the praises of someone or something
Fig. to praise someone highly and enthusiastically. The boss is singing his new secretary's praises. The theater critics are singing the praises of the young actor.
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damn (somebody/something) with faint praise

to show only slight approval for someone or something By qualifying his support, you could argue he was damning these leaders with faint praise. Maybe I'm damning them with faint praise, but the Yankees are easier to like than the Atlanta Braves in this series.
See also: damn, faint, praise

sing somebody's/something's praises

also sing the praises of somebody/something
to praise someone or something with enthusiasm I hate the city, but my sister is always singing its praises.
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damn somebody/something with faint praise

to praise something or someone in such a weak way that it is obvious you do not really admire them She damned Reynolds with faint praise, calling him one of the best imitators in the world.
See also: damn, faint, praise

praise somebody/something to the skies

to praise someone or something very much At first she would praise him to the skies for every minor achievement.
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sing somebody's/something's praises

to praise someone or something very much You've obviously made a good impression on Paul - he was singing your praises last night. Mat seems happy enough in Brighton - he's always singing its praises.
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damn with faint praise

Compliment so feebly that it amounts to no compliment at all, or even implies condemnation. For example, The reviewer damned the singer with faint praise, admiring her dress but not mentioning her voice . This idea was already expressed in Roman times by Favorinus (c. a.d. 110) but the actual expression comes from Alexander Pope's Epistle to Doctor Arbuthnot (1733): "Damn with faint praise, assent with civil leer, and, without sneering, teach the rest to sneer."
See also: damn, faint, praise

praise to the skies

Commend lavishly or excessively, as in The critics praised the new soprano to the skies. This expression, alluding to lofty praise, was in the 1600s put as extol to the skies but acquired its present form in the early 1800s. Also see sing one's praises.
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sing someone's praises

Commend someone, especially to others, as in They were singing her praises to the entire community. [Mid-1500s] Also see praise to the skies.
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Staff were all praised for their positive, friendly and helpful attitude.
The cantata leaves no doubt for what God is praised, namely, that God's mercy through Christ is what calls us to God and makes us people who are filled with love.
Lancaster, the first woman to hold the position, praised Mayor Bloomberg for boldly "making changes in a way that is unprecedented in our city"--ranging from placing more women in power to "unleashing the biggest building boom in the history of the city over the next 10 years.
Retirement participants praised the work of Doornink with the Military Traffic Management Command.
He discussed marriage, praised the bride and groom, the Houses of Aragon and Sforza, the gentlemen and ambassadors in the audience, and the city.
Not unexpectedly, many liberal contemporary reviewers praised Chesnutt for his portrayal of African American characters, a portrayal that introduced such characters to a white reading audience that encountered their models infrequently and often not under the best of circumstances.
In a statement, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) also praised the program, saying she could think of "no better way" to celebrate AMERICAN FORESTS' 125th anniversary than by launching Wildfire ReLeaf.
Lovendusky said the sessions demonstrated "close involvement of the commissioners" in addressing critical issues, and he praised the opportunity for 15 trade groups to present a uniform position via the NAIC Industry Liaison Committee on privacy issues.
According to the study, toddlers whose mothers and fathers applauded their efforts more than they praised them as individuals had a more positive approach to challenges five years later, the Daily Mail reported.
CALIFORNIA CITY - Kern County's grand jury praised California City for its professional government conduct and its economic development efforts.
Dunwoody praised Gitto's tenure with the 599th which included critical global distribution associated with Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Also significant is the pattern she notices for women artists being praised as portrait painters, but not for any other category of art.
Is the program praised because it emphasises our simple capability to choose?
There also are some supervisors who have praised in the past but now have stopped, even though the quality of employee performance has not deteriorated.
Trump laughed in delight at the return of phrase, knowing that unlike Caesar -- who was praised at his funeral by Mark Anthony -- Trump has 6.