live among (someone)

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live among (someone)

To spend a portion of one's life as an outsider within an established community. Living among the small river tribe for nearly a year has given me an insight into the ecosystem of this region that would have been otherwise impossible to glean. My parents sent me to live among the nuns in the convent at the edge of town after I was caught shoplifting.
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live among someone

to live in a community with someone or a community made up of certain people. The anthropologist lived among the small tribe for two years. They lived among the Jivaro Indians for a brief period.
See also: among, live
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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I lived among them for years before Bwana found me and brought me here.
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and thus an old idolator at heart, he yet lived among these Christians, wore their clothes, and tried to talk their gibberish.
During the time I lived among the Typees, no one was ever put upon his trial for any offence against the public.
Now they were seven little dwarfs, that lived among the mountains, and dug and searched for gold.
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If they came and lived among these students for six months I think they might see our point of view.
Residents in the middle-class district cannot believe that a man who lived among them with in his own family home could lead such a grotesque double life.
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ISAAC lived among the Philistines, who proved to be awkward neighbours.