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change places

To switch to the spot, role, or position that another person currently is in. I want to talk to the people at the other end of the table. Would you mind changing places? 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/swap ˈplaces (with somebody)

(of two people, groups, etc.) exchange seats, positions, situations, etc: The Smiths can afford to go away a lot because they haven’t got a family to bring up. But I wouldn’t want to change places with them.Can you see the whiteboard where you are, or would you like to swap places?
See also: change, place, swap
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Indeed he would gladly have changed places with the dullest boy in the school who was whole of limb.
Now, I am seldom out on a really grassy wicket for such a meagre score, and as David and I changed places without a word, there was a cheery look on his face that I found very galling.
Pierre changed places several times during the game, sitting now with his back to Natasha and now facing her, but during the whole of the six rubbers he watched her and his friend.
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.
For the Ripple Land was a succession of hills and valleys, all very steep and rocky, and they changed places constantly by rippling.
Stubb and Tashtego here changed places -- stem for stern --a staggering business truly in that rocking commotion.
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 assure you, my lord," he said firmly, "that my conviction is, that the two barrels have neither changed place nor master.
I'd have gladly changed places with this lad if I could have.
Mahindra rider Miguel Oliveira took a hard-fought fifth place at today s Aragon Grand Prix, fighting to the end with championship leader Luis Salom, and crossing the line less than a tenth of a second adrift after they had changed places four times in a thrilling final lap.
From the first generation most of them have changed places in the cemeteries, but I have spotted replacements by the newcomers from Poland and young faces from the indigenous community.
Marcus Coast started out at stand-off for the Wirral outfit but later changed places with centre Stephen Dean, which led to some improvement.
The male half of the first Big Brother couple has changed places with Stephanie after he was slashed to 8-13 with Coral having been 9-4 on Tuesday.
A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: "They swapped clothes and changed places with their visitors.