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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR LIONIZE

I should like particularly to have you to lionize us there; and I don't fancy your running into danger.'

The worst of Gordon was that he made it next to impossible for one to lionize him.

They're going to lionize him while he's here, so we'd better move him on.

The free-handed miners of that town wanted nothing better than somebody or something to lionize.

I want you to lionize an old friend of mine, who has the ambition to 'do' Connemara under your guidance.

I believe they'd lionize Charley Chaplin if he'd let them, but I understand he's more exclusive than we are.

Lionized to death, as the English alone can lionize, Mr. Prescott never lost his modest self-possession.

The people at Sea-Acres felt the attraction and tried to lionize the dark, tall parson with the glowing, indifferent eyes.

In spite of serious discrepancies in his attire, however, I saw that Mrs. Effie meant to lionize him tremendously.

Then, when you have sacrificed to friendship sufficiently, you will lionize Miss Tresilyan?

WORD ORIGIN

"to treat (someone) as a celebrity," a hybrid from lion + -ize. Used by Scott, 1809, and preserving lion in the sense of "person of note who is much sought-after" (1715), originally in reference to the lions formerly kept in the Tower of London (referred to from late 16c.), objects of general curiosity that every visitor in town was taken to see. Related: Lionized; lionizing.

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