stand in awe of (someone or something)

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stand in awe of (someone or something)

To have a great amount of respect or admiration for someone, sometimes to the point of feeling nervous or fearful around them. Everyone in town stood in awe of the movie star as he came through on his vacation. I've always stood in awe of people who dedicate their lives to something like the military.
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be/stand in ˈawe of somebody/something

admire somebody/something and be slightly afraid of them/it: While Diana was in awe of her grandfather, she adored her grandmother.
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The 10-day period from Rosh Hashana through Yom Kippur - traditionally called the Days of Awe because it is when Jews stand in awe of the world and its Creator - the High Holy Days this year begin Friday at sundown and end Sept.
Food experts and their employers, who have millions of dollars riding on their ability to create designer fats, stand in awe of the real thing.