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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The two guys are friends of ours and we think highly of them, so it was disappointing to see our mates left out like that.
SOME salutary advice from David Winnick, who warned colleagues that the public doesn't always think highly of them.
Someone else might think highly of them and be prepared to take them though.