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set great store by someone or something

to have positive expectations for someone or something; to have high hopes for someone or something. I set great store by my computer and its ability to help me in my work. Bill sets great store by his expensive tools.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

set great store by, to

To value highly. This phrase uses store in the sense of something precious, a usage dating from Chaucer’s time but now obsolete except here. It has also been put as set little or no store by, meaning to value scarcely or not at all. Laurence Sterne used it in Sentimental Journey (1768), writing about a starling: “The bird had little or no store set by him.”
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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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In any case, how are they going to set great store by principles when all they look out for is how to make money for themselves at the expense of the system and the Nigerian people?
Our guardians in Westminster, with their duck houses and second homes, are supposed to set great store by families and family values.