think the world of someone
To ‘think the world of’ someone is a lovely, positive expression. It simply means ‘to think someone is a really good person’. It can be connected to love – sometimes we use it to describe romantic feelings. But it is really closer in meaning to ‘respect’ than ‘love’. If you have a fantastic teacher or boss, you might think the world of them. But it is not based on seniority; you can think the world of your staff, your friends, your children. It is an expression of respect for someone’s character.
A: Your student Luisa thinks the world of you, Adam. She thinks you’re a wonderful English teacher and a really kind man.
B: Really? Well, I think the world of her too. She’s an excellent student.
Who do you think the world of?