hold (someone or something) dear

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hold (someone or something) dear

To consider someone or something to be very valuable or important, especially at a personal level. Even though this old pocket watch doesn't work anymore, I still hold it dear as it was the last thing my grandfather ever gave me. I consider myself a pretty gregarious person, but there are only a few people I truly hold dear. We purport to hold these values dear, but our actions contradict them.
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hold somebody/something ˈdear

(formal) feel that somebody/something is of great value: He laughed at the ideas they held dear.
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At the risk of piling one more hitchhiker into a crowded hearse, let me suggest that if even more distance is put between architects' dueling incarnations then there really will be no place for them, at ground zero or elsewhere, If the direct experience of terror and its secondary economic effects continue to temper the cultural imagination beyond the shell-shock chic of the early weeks, we may see a return to some of those wartime tropes: a profession scrambling to be useful, a government that spurns it, and a widening rift between the architects who toss their gardenias and those who hold them dear.