in (someone's or something's) place

in (someone's or something's) place

1. Literally, in someone's or something's physical location. Hey, you're in my place! You know I always sit here! You can't put the television in the sofa's place—it messes up the whole décor of the room!
2. Instead of someone or something else; as a substitute for someone or something. Janet is really sick, so I'm going to lead the meeting in her place. After our dog died, my parents got me a pet hamster in its place.
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in place

1. adjective In the correct position or arrangement. Everyone needs to be in place before the show begins. Hey, don't touch those figurines! I finally have them in place, and I don't want to have to redo the whole thing.
2. adjective Ready to be put into action. We finally have the legislation in place to tackle this issue once and for all. I think everything is in place for us to begin the acquisition deal.
3. adverb Without moving from the current location. I usually have the kids run in place and do jumping jacks to warm up before gym class. I need to you stand in place while I set up the rest of the photoshoot. One of the training wheels has gotten stuck on the curb, so her back wheel is just spinning in place.
4. adverb Without making much or any progress. The company has been somewhat stuck in place in recent years, failing to recapture the incredible popularity and success of their first product. I haven't been able to prove my hypothesis after weeks of experiments. It feels like I've been running in place this whole time.
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in someone else's place

set phrase Imagining oneself in the situation or circumstances of another person so as to understand or empathize with their perspective, opinion, or point of view. If you haven't spent time in someone else's place, how can you judge them?
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*in place

in (someone's or something's) proper place or location. (*Typically: be ~; put something [into] ~.) The maid came into the room and put everything into place. It's good to see everything in place again.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

in place

1. In the appropriate or usual position or order. For example, With everything in place, she started the slide show. [Mid-1500s] Also see put someone in his or her place.
2. In the same spot, without advancing or retreating, as in While marching in place, the band played six more numbers.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

in ˈmy, ˈyour, etc. place

in my, your, etc. situation: I wouldn’t like to be in your place.
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in ˈplace

prepared and ready: Everything seems to be in place for a successful peace conference.
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in place

1. In the appropriate or usual position or order: With everything in place, she started the slide show.
2. In the same spot; without moving forwards or backwards: While marching in place, the band played a popular tune.
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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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