change places with (one)

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change places with (one)

To switch to the spot, role, or position that another person currently is in. I changed places with my aunt so that I could talk to the people at the other end of the table. Many people say that they would gladly change places with a celebrity, but I doubt they would enjoy the constant attention.
See also: change, place

change places with someone

to trade or exchange situations or locations with someone. He has a much higher salary, but I wouldn't change places with him for the world. Juan decided to change places with Ken in the bus.
See also: change, place
References in classic literature ?
Indeed he would gladly have changed places with the dullest boy in the school who was whole of limb.
Any of the under- gamekeepers would gladly have changed places with him; but such was not the squire's pleasure, and the squire's pleasure was like law among them all.
Behind him, in accordance with the duke's orders, followed Dapple with brand new ass-trappings and ornaments of silk, and from time to time Sancho turned round to look at his ass, so well pleased to have him with him that he would not have changed places with the emperor of Germany.
The women on the corn-rick--Marian, who was one of them, in particular--could stop to drink ale or cold tea from the flagon now and then, or to exchange a few gossiping remarks while they wiped their faces or cleared the fragments of straw and husk from their clothing; but for Tess there was no respite; for, as the drum never stopped, the man who fed it could not stop, and she, who had to supply the man with untied sheaves, could not stop either, unless Marian changed places with her, which she sometimes did for half an hour in spite of Groby's objections that she was too slow-handed for a feeder.
I'd have gladly changed places with this lad if I could have.
Marcus Coast started out at stand-off for the Wirral outfit but later changed places with centre Stephen Dean, which led to some improvement.
A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: "They swapped clothes and changed places with their visitors.
STAFF at a Coventry firm changed places with directors and the boss for a day as part of a job swap.
More recently weathergirl (sorry, weatherwoman) Angie Philips changed places with a dog warden for no good reason I could see.
I'm sure that any one of the enthusiastic and happy crowd who waited to see our Royal visitors would have willingly and eagerly changed places with Mr Shennan.
The twelve then changed places with each other before joining with the ladies for the revels' dances.
Half of the monkeys were assigned at random to an unstable group, in which three or four members changed places with individuals from other unstable groups on a monthly basis.