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place back

1. To set someone or something at a position to the rear of or backward from where they were. A noun or pronoun is used between "place" and "back." Why don't you place your desk back a bit so that you're closer to the radiator? We need to place the supporting actors back about five paces, or they'll be in the way of the leads.
2. To return something to its original position. A noun or pronoun is used between "place" and "back." I was placing the vase back on the mantelpiece when it slipped out of my fingers and shattered. Be sure to place his books back where you found them!
See also: back, place

place something back

 
1. to move something backwards. Place this chair back a little. It is in the walkway. Would you please place the boxes back so there is more room to get through?
2. to return something to where it was. You found it on the table. Place it back when you finish. When you finish examining the book from the shelf, place it back.
See also: back, place
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"The changes within the family become the echo chamber of the story.Youfeellike you are inside, and I felt interviews from the public sphere would break that spell and place us back on the outside."
I don't endorse becoming couch potatoes, but when we're feeling emotionally burned out or stressed, a bit of movie therapy can place us back on the right path.
The TDC had millions of pounds of Conservative-controlled funds in their coffers to use on whatever was needed to place us back on the map.
Another few wins could place us back in the top half of the table."
The eco-radicals, says Lewis, believe the movement back to nature will place us back in harmony with the natural world and put an end to all environmental devastation.
Mary Midgley intends to put things straight, to get our heads screwed on right and to place us back on our morally reforming feet.