change places with

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
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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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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These from his distance he admired extravagantly; and though he was inclined to be more sarcastic with them than with others, though he made little jokes at their expense, he would have given anything to change places with them.
"Not five minutes since," she thought to herself, "I was longing to change places with you!
There is no one who would not be delighted to change places with you."
Change places with him, and would you have been looked at by those blue eyes as he was, and commiserated by that agitated face as he was?
Jim was almost tempted to envy the wooden horse for being unable to feel pain; but the creature was so absurdly unnatural that he decided he would not change places with it under any circumstances.
But even if I were condemned to suffer on the scaffold for the same crimes, I would not change places with such a wretch."
Then, calling upon Fedallah to change places with him, went forward to the bows, and seizing Perth's harpoon, commanded his crew to grasp their oars and stand by to stern.
Spare a thought and a prayer for those unfortunate people who would love to change places with you,if only for a short break.
Hats off to all the candidates - I wouldn't change places with them for all the tea in China.
Eddie Murphy and Dan Ackroyd star in the hilarious movie which sees a street-smart hustler change places with a city slicker with hilarious consequences.
It's a probability West Ham will change places with Blues next season - or is the underlying factor more money?
* Have them discuss how they would react if they had to change places with Anupam for a year.
I wouldn't want to change places with the Beckhams despite all their money and my modest income.
Lots of pensioners would love to change places with offenders.