think highly of (someone or something)

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think highly of (someone or something)

To have a very good opinion about someone; to hold someone or something in very high regard or esteem. I can tell your last boss thinks very highly of you, judging from the reference letter she wrote for you. Somehow I doubt the mayor will think too highly of an article exposing all of his financial details.
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think ˈhighly of somebody/something

have a very high opinion of somebody/something: Her teachers think highly of her.His paintings are highly thought of by the critics.
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"Mr Elliot is an exceedingly agreeable man, and in many respects I think highly of him," said Anne; "but we should not suit."
They think highly of him and feel it's time for him to go out and play on loan.
Keane said: "I'd seen him a couple of times and they think highly of him at Burnley.
"Newcastle also think highly of him and whenever I've seen him play I have always thought highly of him, so he's a good acquisition to our team and we just need to make sure we play to all our strengths and we'll all be fine."
We think highly of him and his credentials speak of themselves," he said.
"I really, really think highly of him so he will wait his chance and, when he gets it, I am sure he will be difficult to dislodge."
"Everton think highly of him and it will give me an opportunity to see him in training." Set to start in the number one jersey for the clash at Broadwood is Norwich City's David Marshall.
Colleagues think highly of him and he's never had a day off sick or been late for work.
If he's brazen enough to be explicit, warn him you doubt that his own superiors would think highly of him for making such suggestions.
Meehan added: 'Pat and Jimmy think highly of him and reckon he should be trained for the Guineas.
Six years ago the maintenance worker, whose job is being kept open by bosses who think highly of him, was put on probation after punching a 16-year-old girl, chipping one of her front teeth.
Nielsen said: "Morten is a very important player for us and I think highly of him.
"I hope James makes the most of the opportunity because we think highly of him."
He's their reserve captain and I know they think highly of him at Rangers.
Steven Gerrard must think highly of him as well because when Mascherano is in the team he is given the freedom to go and express himself.