set little by

set little by (someone or something)

obsolete To have very little regard for someone or something; to not value someone or something very highly. Students who set little by a strict work ethic are sure to have difficulty finding success. I've learned to set little by people so eager to take advantage of their fellow countrymen.
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set little (or much or a great deal) by

consider to be of little (or great) value.
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