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place (someone)

To recognize and remember who someone is. They showed me a picture of a suspect and asked if I knew who it was, but I couldn't place her. A: "Do you remember my friend Tom?" B: "I know the name, but I can't place him."
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place someone

to recall someone's name; to recall the details about a person that would help you identify the person. I am sorry, I can't seem to place you. Could you tell me your name again? I can't place her. Did I meet her once before?
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(2) We can collect together all the happenings, in different places, which are connected in the way that common sense regards as being due to their emanating from one object.
(2) All the appearances of a given star in different places.
It's only--Gilbert is going to buy the Morgan place, and we'll have to go and live at the Glen.
Her one grievance against her place in the little house was its lonesome location.
It is the crowning glory of the place. One is grave and thoughtful when he stands in the little Tomb of the Saviour--he could not well be otherwise in such a place--but he has not the slightest possible belief that ever the Lord lay there, and so the interest he feels in the spot is very, very greatly marred by that reflection.
All about the apartment the gaudy trappings of the Greek Church offend the eye and keep the mind on the rack to remember that this is the Place of the Crucifixion--Golgotha--the Mount of Calvary.
I cannot say, as some do, this devil is not so black as he is painted; for indeed no colours can represent the place to the life, not any soul conceive aright of it but those who have been suffers there.
I degenerated into stone; I turned first stupid and senseless, then brutish and thoughtless, and at last raving mad as any of them were; and, in short, I became as naturally pleased and easy with the place, as if indeed I had been born there.
Three outside places were vacant; one behind the coachman; two on the dickey.
In the dusk this place was shadowy, and the view was hampered by the clustering trunks.
They found him at a place where the avenue widened so as to let carriages pass each other.
Clements had described to me as her husband's place of abode in former years, and which the principal inhabitants had long since deserted for the new town.
He was a cheerful, familiar, loudly-talkative old man, with a very poor opinion (as I soon discovered) of the place in which he lived, and a happy sense of superiority to his neighbours in virtue of the great personal distinction of having once been in London.
'Or how,' he added, looking more attentively at the child, 'do you come to want a place of rest at this time of night?'
My place of refuge was constructed of wood, but so low that I could with difficulty sit upright in it.