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

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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
References in classic literature ?
Within the altar of the old village church there stands a white marble tablet, which bears as yet but one word: 'AGNES.' There is no coffin in that tomb; and may it be many, many years, before another name is placed above it!
A third receptacle, placed above the second one, and of double its capacity, receives the hydrogen passing into it by the negative pole.
From it there were outspread two pairs of wings- each wing nearly one hundred yards in length -- one pair being placed above the other, and all thickly covered with metal scales; each scale apparently some ten or twelve feet in diameter.
It was on a narrow platform placed above the telescope that the two savants passed their existence, execrating the day which hid the moon from their eyes, and the clouds which obstinately veiled her during the night.
But thou art placed above me; thou art Lord; From thee I can, and must, submiss, endure Cheek or reproof, and glad to scape so quit.
A frightful little skeleton of a woman hung in a cupboard, behind a glazed door, with this cynical inscription placed above the skull: "Behold the scaffolding on which beauty is built!" In a corresponding cupboard, with the door wide open, there hung in loose folds a shirt (as I took it to be) of chamois leather.
This belonged to an imposing carriage gate in a high, clean wall between two houses, of which one rationally enough bore the number 9 and the other was numbered 37; but the fact that this last belonged to Porthill Street, a street well known in the neighbourhood, was proclaimed by an inscription placed above the ground-floor windows by whatever highly efficient authority is charged with the duty of keeping track of London's strayed houses.
Cromwell is dead, after having signed a treaty with France, in which his name is placed above yours.
A single oblong mirror is placed above the fireplace; the top of its frame represented the Dawn led by the Hours, and painted in camaieu (two shades of one color).
At a depth of 50 feet, the borehole was dug on Monday to provide water to the village but no lid was placed above the 12-inch wide opening.
The gilded four lantern shaped patches with Allah-u-Akbar (Allah is greatest) sewn in its center, were placed above the Black Stone.
Supplying, Transportation Of Drinking Water In Required Quantity As And When Required To Railway Into Railway Colony/Well/ Overhead/ High Storage Tank Placed Above Residential / Service Building Etc.
It found that the UAE's score improved marginally, from 69 last year to 70 this year, and the Gulf state was placed above Qatar (ranked 26), Bahrain and Saudi Arabia (both ranked 55), Oman (ranked 64) and Kuwait (ranked 67).
The vehicle is likely to be placed above the Nissan Terrano in the Indian market, and it is likely to replace the X-Trail, or the model will be placed below it.
While the Aspire R7 packs impressive processing power, memory and hard drive, it does have its quirks: The 5.3 pounds make it slightly heavy, and the mouse pad is placed above the keyboard, making it fairly unusable.