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set store by (something or someone)

To have faith, confidence, or belief in someone or something; to care about, appreciate, or respect someone or something. It is important that one sets store by one's friends, for it is to them one must turn when life becomes difficult. My brother is not one to set store by obeying social rules or etiquette.
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set store by

Also, set great store by. Regard as valuable or worthwhile, as in I don't set much store by her judgment, or He sets great store by his good name. The word store here is used in the sense of "something precious," a usage that is obsolete except in these terms.
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set (or lay or put) store by (or on)

consider something to be of a particular degree of importance or value.
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put/set (no, great, little, etc.) ˈstore by something

think that something has (no, great, little, etc.) importance or value: She sets little store by what her husband says.Why do some people put such great store by their horoscopes?
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set store by

To regard as valuable or worthwhile.
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We have always set store by public engagement, but mainly through events held here at the centre.
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She said education and political activity was almost a taboo the women in a society that set store by primitive traditions.
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A lot of people set store by your credibility, and I thought I may be in danger of losing that, but I couldn't have been more wrong.
Often people set store by riches, on occasions adopting all and any means to accumulate the same.