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assume the position
1. To take over the role and responsibilities of a particular job. My boss wants me to assume the position of treasurer this year, but I don't know if I want the extra workload.
2. A command issued by US law enforcement officers, meaning to stand with one's back to the officer and hold one's arms in a position to be either handcuffed or frisked. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. I knew I was in trouble when they asked me out of the car, but I knew I was going to jail when they told me to assume the position.
A sex position in which the woman is on top of the man, with both partners facing each other. The Kama Sutra is totally blowing my mind! All I knew before was the cowgirl position!
See also: position
be in pole position
To be ideally positioned for success. The phrase comes from racing, in which the starting position at the inside of the front row (the "pole position") is thought to improve one's chance of winning. She is in pole position to win the scholarship, thanks to all of her extracurricular activities.
the missionary position
A sexual position in which the partner who is penetrating lies on top of the other and faces them. The term is often said to have originated with Christian missionaries' supposed promotion of the position among native tribal peoples as the proper one, but the phrase likely originated as the result of sex researcher Alfred Kinsey conflating anthropologists' reports. The missionary position is probably the most popular sexual position, or at least the most well known.
in pole position
In an exceptionally strong, advantageous, or competitive position. Used especially in reference to sports. Primarily heard in UK. Barcelona finds themselves in pole position after a last-minute victory puts them at the top of the league. It looks like Danielson is in pole position for presidency of the central bank.
within scoring position
1. literally, in sports, to be within the distance from which scoring a goal, run, or other type of point is much more likely. Thanks to that play, the Jayhawks now have two runners within scoring distance. It's fourth down and ten, but we're within scoring distance if we opt for a field goal—what should we do, Coach?
2. By extension, in a position that makes one's success attainable or very likely. Following the sudden and immense success of the first film, the studio is within scoring position to set up a huge blockbuster franchise. It is the tireless work of our research team that puts our projects within scoring position.
in scoring position
1. literally, in sports, to be within the distance from which scoring a goal, run, or other type of point is much more likely. Thanks to that play, the Jayhawks now have two runners in scoring distance. It's fourth down and ten, but we're in scoring distance if we opt for a field goal—what should we do, Coach?
2. By extension, in a position that makes one's success attainable or very likely. Following the sudden and immense success of the first film, the studio is in scoring position to set up a huge blockbuster franchise. It is the tireless work of our research team that puts our projects in scoring position.
come in a certain position
to finish in a certain position or rank. Fred came in fourth in the race. He was afraid he would come in last.
come to the job with somethingand come to the position with something; come to the task with something
to bring a particular quality to a task or job. She comes to the job with great enthusiasm. Ann comes to this position with a lot of experience.
jockey for position
1. Lit. to work one's horse into a desired position in a horse race. Three riders were jockeying for position in the race. Ken was behind, but jockeying for position.
2. . Fig. to work oneself into a desired position. The candidates were jockeying for position, trying to get the best television exposure. I was jockeying for position but running out of campaign money.
jockey someone or something into position
to manage to get someone or something into a desirable position. (See also jockey for position.) The rider jockeyed his horse into position. Try to jockey your bicycle into position so you can pass the others.
make someone's position clear
to clarify where someone stands on an issue. I don't think you understand what I said. Let me make my position dear. I can't tell whether you are in favor of or against the proposal. Please make your position clear.
place someone in an awkward position
Fig. to put someone in an embarrassing or delicate situation. Your decision places me in an awkward position. I'm afraid I have put myself in sort of an awkward position.
put someone in an awkward position
to make a situation difficult for someone; to make it difficult for someone to evade or avoid acting. Your demands have put me in an awkward position. I don't know what to do. I'm afraid I've put myself in sort of an awkward position.
jockey for position
Maneuver or manipulate for one's own benefit, as in The singers are always jockeying for position on stage. This expression, dating from about 1900, originally meant maneuvering a race horse into a better position for winning. It was transferred to other kinds of manipulation in the mid-1900s.
scoring position, in
About to succeed, as in The publisher is in scoring position with that instant book about the trial. This term comes from sports, where it signifies being in a spot where scoring is likely. In baseball it refers to a situation in which a runner is on second or third base. The figurative use of the term dates from the second half of the 1900s.
See also: score
in pole positionmainly BRITISH
If you are in pole position, you are in a very strong position in a competition or competitive situation, and are likely to win or be successful. As the European market leader we are in pole position to exploit this market. The chancellor is fighting hard to remain in pole position to take over from the prime minister. Note: This expression comes from motor racing, where the driver who starts the race in front of all the other drivers is said to start `in pole position'.
jockey for position
If someone jockeys for position, they try to get into a better position or situation than people they are competing against. Reporters with their cameras jockeyed for position. Some presenters are already jockeying for position to see who will read the new Six O'Clock News. Note: Jockeying for position is also used as a noun. There was a constant jockeying for position between the superpowers. Note: The image here is of jockeys (= riders of race horses) trying to get their horses into the best position at the beginning of a race.
jockey for positionmanoeuvre in order to gain advantage over rivals in a competitive situation.
in pole positionin an advantageous position.
In motor racing, pole position is the position on the front row of the starting grid which will allow the driver to take the first bend on the inside. The phrase originated in the 19th century as a horse-racing term, referring to the starting position nearest the inside boundary rails.