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extol (someone or something) as (something)

To highlight and praise the positive aspects of someone or something by depicting it or them as having a certain quality or fulfilling a certain role. After he made that sizable donation, we extolled him as the savior of the program.
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extol someone or something as something

to praise someone or something as something. We extolled her as a heroine. The salesman extolled the medicine as a cure-all.
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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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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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For decades, nutritionists have extolled the virtues of fish oils and other foods rich in omega-3 fats as a means of keeping the heart healthy.
The award extolled Avistar's ability to effectively integrate audio and videoconferencing with document sharing, referring to the video system as "fluent multimedia.
Under leaden skies, government and military leaders extolled the dedication to their country of the almost 2 million American servicewomen past and present the $21.
In citing GoToMyPCs advantages, CNET extolled its ease of use, saying it was as easy as logging in to an online e-mail account: "It's the best way to access files, get e-mail and run programs on a remote computer when you're not in front of that keyboard.
Entitled "We Are Essentially One," the poem extolled Norman Bethune, a Communist surgeon who died in 1939 while treating Communist soldiers after the Japanese invasion.
Recruiters from more than two dozen colleges and universities extolled the assets of their academic programs on a windy Monday morning during a transfer fair at College of the Canyons.
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With the dramatic south rim of the Grand Canyon behind him, Clinton extolled the region's beauty.
Toward that end, the president extolled his initiatives for federally supervised "national service," which (in the words of a White House press release) are intended to cultivate "habits of volunteerism and civic participation.
A few classrooms down, Swedish-born Elisabet Bafverfeldt extolled the advantages of becoming a dentist.