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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.
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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The poem is an analysis of the methods of poetry, and in it Emerson says of the poet, "He shall not his brain encumber/With the coil of rhythm and number;/ But, leaving rule and pale forethought,/He shall aye climb/For his rhyme." Elsewhere he extols the poet's great powers, bids him avoid triviality and await genuine inspiration.
Each day extols a different virtue to respect and encourage in one's better half through faith in God, from Trust and Creativity to Multitasking, Hospitality, and Grace.
The Los Angeles Times published a correction saying that the review "incorrectly characterized the work as 'anti-abortion'" when in fact "there is no issue of abortion in the opera, which extols procreation." But the correction did not satisfy Swed, who was naturally concerned that readers would assume he was responsible for the mistake.
Pinup boy Peter Johnson easily trounces raindrops on roses in Weber's scorecard of favorite things, a list that also extols late lesbian cabaret storm trooper Frances Faye, world explorer Sir Wilfred Thesiger, and queen fashionista Diana Vreeland.
Here on his family's farm in the Calamuchita Valley, Miguel Roca has constructed a small weekend house, a modern primitive hut that extols the immemorial relationship between humanity and nature.
Even on the acknowledgments page of his 1994 collection, he extols "the daily works of peace." And he adds: "If it's not in the dailiness, what does it matter?"
"We have some very exciting new male dancers, and some very exciting emerging female dancers that I believe are stars of the future." This is not to slight ABT's perennial stars, all of whom McKenzie extols, praising the soloists and corps as well.
Between other figures, a dove--of peace or of the Holy Spirit--brings to this exaltation of sexuality a dimension that is, so to speak, metaphysical, in which Jacquet's syncretism extols (as in Tantric doctrine) accession to spirituality through sexual practice.
One popular song, recorded in an obscure dialect familiar only to Iraqis in the so-called Sunni Triangle, extols the guerrillas of Fallujah as "men of hard tasks....
Just about everyone gets a song in this Mad Hatter of a musical, from the night cleaning staff at Jeanne's office to her army-enlisted brother, who extols the joys of military discipline on acoustic guitar.
Both this and the new museum are manifestations of kinari, a quintessentially Japanese concept that extols unadorned beauty as the purest form of aesthetic expression.
It is hard to laugh as Anita extols the blessings of American life when so few of her real-life counterparts are enjoying the fun.
Throughout the book, she extols the curative powers of love.