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Also, stand in awe of. Respect and revere someone or something, experience a feeling of solemn wonder, as in All of us are in awe of his many achievements. This expression dates from about a.d. 1000 and originally meant "fear something or someone." Later awe came to mean "dread mingled with respect," and eventually it signified reverence alone.
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And more than all, if just previous to putting your hand into the tar-pot, you have been lording it as a country schoolmaster, making the tallest boys stand in awe of you.
Located in the Black Hills region, the City of Presidents is a close neighbor to Mount Rushmore, and after visitors stand in awe of the magnificently giant mountain carving, they can look eye to eye with James Madison, John Tyler, Dwight Eisenhower or Jimmy Carter in Rapid City.
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.