put on a pedestal

put somebody/something on a pedestal

to behave as if one person is more important than others They put the local doctor on a pedestal, seldom questioning his word or his authority. Professional athletes are often put on a pedestal, and they forget that the fans pay their salaries.
Usage notes: the opposite meaning is expressed by take or knock someone off their pedestal: You know something will happen that will knock her off her pedestal.
See also: on, pedestal, put

put somebody on a pedestal

to believe that someone is perfect The way her father put her on a pedestal just made her want to behave badly.
See also: on, pedestal, put
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Because civilization and goodness require nourishment and inspiration, particularly by governments, we need to put on a pedestal those who sacrifice for the good of society.