place before

place someone or something before someone or something

 and put someone or something before someone or something 
1. to put someone or something in front of someone or something, especially in a line. The teacher placed George before Bob, because Bob was a little taller. Tom placed himself before the group and began to speak.
2. to consider someone or something more important than someone or something. I am sorry, but I place my wife and her welfare before yours! He places his job before his family!
See also: before, place
References in classic literature ?
He went to the priest's house where the gods were kept - such a beastly hole - and he burned the place before the eyes of all the natives.
It is pulled inside and set in place before the front center console, lighted front door step wells and rear 'kick guards" are installed.