in someone else'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.
See also: place

in someone else's place

Imagining oneself in the situation or circumstances of another person so as to understand or empathize with their perspective, opinion, or point of view. The expression is a set phrase, as the other person is not specified. If you haven't spent time in someone else's place, how can you judge them?
See also: place, someone