in high esteem

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Nathless the Sheriff held him in high esteem, and made great talk of taking him along on the next hunting trip.
The ex-Minister Stein was there because his advice was useful and the Emperor Alexander held him in high esteem personally.
His honesty had never been questioned, so far as is known, and he was held in high esteem by all.
But," added the third, "it may interest you, madam, to know that we are not men of low birth, but are all three sons of kings, and of kings, too, whom the world holds in high esteem.
We hold Bertrand in high esteem, for he has oft before been at great pains to furnish us with an honorable encounter.
favor, and is now held in high esteem by the most courageous.