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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: praise, skies, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
See also: praise, skies, to
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Design of this villa by Kengo Kuma & Associates was influenced by the writings of Bruno Taut extolling the virtues of simplicity and harmony between nature and artefact.
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Like Frank Capra and John Steinbeck Alfred Hitchcock always had a soft spot for tales extolling the virtues of democracy and the "ordinary Joe," especially when pitted against tyranny's more cunning agents.
Afterwards, we took our sprawl message on the road, planting trees and extolling their benefits at stops in six major cities: New York, San Francisco, Vancouver, Chicago, Atlanta, and Seattle.
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Those texts were uncooperative also, for they did not display the dilemma over extolling the rational mind without obscuring the body beaten, and vice versa.
She demonstrates a long-lasting polarity between texts extolling asceticism and frowning on manual labor, and others condemning indolence or otherworldliness and praising work.
Thus, men rate a female "hourglass figure" as sexy or attractive rather than extolling its implications about fertility.
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ITEM: Reporter Campbell Brown, on NBC's Today show for June 11th, played down the size of a new entitlement being debated in Congress, extolling: "New hope for the 40 million seniors on Medicare.