place above

place (someone or something) above (someone or something)

1. Literally, to place or designate someone or something in a higher position than someone or something else. I want to put our wedding photo above the mantelpiece in the living room. The cabin only had bunk beds because it was so small, so we took the bottom bunk and put the kids above us.
2. By extension, to put greater value on someone or something, or to regard someone or something more highly or favorably, than someone or something else. You really shouldn't place the needs of your company above the needs of your family. I always felt like Mom placed our baby brother above Tommy and I when we were growing up.
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place someone or something above someone or something

1. Lit. to put someone or something in a place that is higher than someone or something else. I placed Sally above everyone else in a place where she could see everything. I placed the book above Sally on a shelf. Who placed the mirror above the fireplace?
2. Fig. to hold someone or something in higher regard than someone or something else. I place her above all others in honesty. She seems to place money above her family. She placed herself above almost everyone else.
See also: above, place
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Now he felt me all over, and soon found the place above my hock where I had been kicked.
He dared not reveal himself to whatever inhabitants dwelt in the place above him.
I am in doubt as to the propriety of making my first meditations in the place above mentioned matter of discourse; for these are so metaphysical, and so uncommon, as not, perhaps, to be acceptable to every one.
He was all alone in his high place above this trouble, while his world slumbered peacefully under the breathless tropic noon.
Silently and suddenly, the head had taken its place above her.
Almost before I reached the bottom the stone was rolled into its place above my head, and I was left to my fate.
Not that I dislike poor Amelia: who can dislike such a harmless, good-natured creature?--only it will be a fine day when I can take my place above her in the world, as why, indeed, should I not?" Thus it was that our little romantic friend formed visions of the future for herself--nor must we be scandalised that, in all her castles in the air, a husband was the principal inhabitant.
He had asked the landlady the altitude of her place above the level of the lake, and she told him fourteen hundred and ninety-five feet.
“Had ye stayed in the place above ten minutes longer, you would both have been in ashes, but here you may stay forever, and no fire can touch you, until they burn the rocks as well as the woods.”
But love is an emotional thing, and whatever is emotional is opposed to that true cold reason which I place above all things.
He felt the free end of the rope dropped upon him and heard the grating being slid into place above him.
The world No.58 brushed aside Mannarino, one place above him in the rankings, to avenge his first-round defeat by the Frenchman at Queen's last year, their only previous meeting.
For the iShares Trust Russell 2000 Index Fund (IWM) that breakout took place above the $160.30 area.
Malaysia has invited countries who are in the top 10 of the FIH rankings and is itself ranked 12th, a place above Pakistan.
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