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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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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.
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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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Mick seemed to feel that he was praising at high rates, or, at least enough for some students to tire of the practice, while at the same time, he also recognized the value in praising students.
A recent US study says that instead of praising your child after she gets her result, parents must praise them for their efforts.
It demands that the body move in energetic joy and that instruments too be employed to underline the fullness of the praising act.
Readers who take the journey through this wonderful book will undoubtedly experience a new perspective on the power of praising God through it all
128) Wedding orators similarly stress the importance of marriage for public office holders by praising the Spartan Lycurgus and ancient Roman legislators for passing laws against celibacy.
I'm not surprised that the Naha City Mayor wrote a letter to the Secretary of the Army praising the Naha Military Port and our Commander, Lieutenant Colonel DiMarco," said Clark.
Contemporary Jewish sensibility, not strong on the afterlife, sees the kaddish as therapeutic for the living, a way of finding solace in the community and praising even when praise seems impossible; premodern Judaism was flatly supernatural about the purpose and effect of the prayer.
All of this leads to the question, "Why do so many good supervisors fall short when it comes to praising employees?
Understand that she was not praising ignorance, that this is not in praise of ignorance, although it is in praise of something like learning to be ignorant.
To my knowledge, most seem to be in the poetic form we call "apostrophe," usually praising God and his works.
J}eff Smith, TV's most popular chef and the author of numerous best-selling cookbooks, has been endorsing products for nearly a decade, fulsomely praising everything from a garlic press to a garbage disposal.
Personal praise, praising the individual, on the other hand, leads children to be less persistent and perform worse on such tasks.
Like all tunes for Dance Praise, each song in Expansion Pack, Volume 5: Praise & Worship collection includes three distinct dances, giving players over 100 new ways to be challenged while praising God and benefiting from wholesome exercise, all at the same time
His praising of God with a loud voice and lying at Jesus' feet thanking him are legendary, as are the stories of faith shown by two other Samaritan people: the woman at the well (John 4:1-42) and the man on the road (Luke 10:25-37).
Charlotte Breese said: "Some parents think that praising a child to the heights will get him to the heights, but it isn't that easy.