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idolize (someone or something) as (something)

To view someone or something in a particularly admiring or reverential way. Johnny, your siblings idolize you as a real celebrity now that you've had the lead in a play. I'm not surprised that he's getting divorced again, what with the way he idolizes relationships as a cure for his depression.
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idolize someone or something as something

to worship or adore someone or something as being something. We all idolized Jim as our hero. They idolized wealth as a cure for all their ills.
See also: idolize
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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