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place someone

to recall someone's name; to recall the details about a person that would help you identify the person. I am sorry, I can't seem to place you. Could you tell me your name again? I can't place her. Did I meet her once before?
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It was in just such a place as this that other David tended the sheep when his father came and told him to go down unto Saul," he muttered.
There is one place where two breadths didn't match, and the eyes go all up and down the line, one a little higher than the other.
He was so rejoiced that he treated himself to a spree that night, and with the balance of his money he hired himself a place in a tenement room, where he slept upon a big homemade straw mattress along with four other workingmen.
Squires, pages, and yeomen in rich liveries, waited around this place of honour, which was designed for Prince John and his attendants.
In one place, five hundred feet above the sea, the perpendicular bank on the upper side of the road was ten or fifteen feet high, and the cut exposed three veins of oyster shells, just as we have seen quartz veins exposed in the cutting of a road in Nevada or Montana.
The two last places before you come to our gate are the Dog's Cemetery and the chaffinch's nest, but we pretend not to know what the Dog's Cemetery is, as Porthos is always with us.
Thus Haarlem was thrice given over to rejoicing, for a three-fold celebration was to take place.
I have ordered Safrano tea-roses to put in their place, as they all come out next month and are to be grouped in the grass; and the semicircle being immediately under the windows, besides having the best position in the place, must be reserved solely for my choicest treasures.
2) We can collect together all the happenings, in different places, which are connected in the way that common sense regards as being due to their emanating from one object.
In the little German watering-place to which the Shtcherbatskys had betaken themselves, as in all places indeed where people are gathered together, the usual process, as it were, of the crystallization of society went on, assigning to each member of that society a definite and unalterable place.
Clements, I had thought it the strangest and most unaccountable of all places for Sir Percival to select for a clandestine meeting with the clerk's wife.
For, first, the enemy were too many; and secondly, they did not keep together, but were divided into several parties, and were on shore in several places.
In busy places, where each man has an object of his own, and feels assured that every other man has his, his character and purpose are written broadly in his face.
Michael Vanstone is now residing at German Place, Brighton, and likely to remain there, as he finds the air suits him.
It was the golden end of afternoon as the coach stopped in front of the main hotel, The Golden Fortune; and for the benefit of any with not too long purses who shall hereafter light on Yellowsands, and be alarmed at the name and the marble magnificence of that delightful hotel, I may say that the charges there were surprisingly "reasonable," owing to one other wise provision of the young lord and master of that happy place, who had had the wit to realise that the nicest and brightest and prettiest people were often the poorest.