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place behind (someone or something)

1. To set someone or something at a position directly to the rear of someone or something else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "place" and "behind." You can just place the mirror behind the sofa for the time being—we're still not sure where we're going to hang it. The teacher placed me behind the others for the choir performance because I was so much taller than them.
2. By extension, to value on someone or something to a lesser degree, or to regard someone or something less highly or favorably, than someone or something else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "place" and "behind." You really shouldn't place the needs of your family behind the needs of your family. I always felt like Mom placed Tommy and I behind our baby brother when we were growing up.
3. By extension, to achieve a rank that is lower someone or something in a contest or competition. He was favored to win the whole tournament, but he ended up placing behind the sixth seed. Sarah and I have been rivals in tennis for years, but I keep placing behind her in recent competitions.
See also: behind, place

place someone or something behind someone or something

 
1. to move someone or something to a place behind or to the rear of someone or something else. Place the taller boy behind John in the second row. Place the iris behind the nasturtium.
2. to rank or estimate someone or something behind someone or something else. I would place George behind Fred in this contest. Frank placed the white horse well behind the black one in the race.
See also: behind, place
References in classic literature ?
The servant returned in a very short time with the pillion, and Molly, having collected her rags as well as she could, was placed behind him.
There were one or two chairs placed behind a red drugget curtain, where adventurous spirits led their partners later in the evening.
Shaped blocks had been placed behind and in front of the wheels of his little vehicle, to prevent it from moving.
But in the midst of his ardent labor, the soft strokes upon the little bell placed behind the glass sounded again, hasty, and, consequently, more urgent.
- monseigneur!" Philippe made his appearance from the alcove, as he pushed aside a sliding panel placed behind the bed.
Stainless steel reinforcements are to be placed behind the distinctive stone tracery of Inverness Cathedral to strengthen it against strong winds.
Kolubah reveals that there are many individuals who have been placed behind bars for a long time, but their cases have not been adjudicated.He explains that the five pretrial detainees who were freed were individuals who spent a long time at the Gbarnga Central Prison.
Authorities said Manderico will undergo drug test before being placed behind bars.
LIVERPOOL have been named one of the most valuable clubs in world football - - but are placed behind four of their main Premier League rivals.
The system was designed to overcome the many challenges posed by helicopter installations, such as constant vibration and the need for a self-cooling mechanism when placed behind the exhaust systems.
He was placed behind crack novice hurdlers The Tullow Tank and Vautour at Grade One level at Leopardstown, but arguably his best effort came last time out at Aintree, where he finished third in the Top Novices' Hurdle, placing behind Josses Hill and Sgt Reckless.
The results demonstrated that with devices like mobile phones and desktop displays that are viewed at a short distance, stereo content placed in front of the screen - appearing closer to the viewer and into the space of viewer's room - was less comfortable than content placed behind the screen.
It is a decision that has to be respected, and it is also worth noting that a second placed behind Having A Cut at Roscommon last month marked the best effort by Duers since he completed a hat-trick at last year's Listowel festival.
The altered perception of the classic architecture of the gallery was heightened by the temporary wall that Boller had placed behind the film, introducing a certain plasticity while simultaneously hindering access to one of the doors to the second room.
Each capuchin was placed in a test chamber and exposed twice to each of three conditions: seeing an unfamiliar, stone-sex monkey on the other side of a clear barrier positioned behind a mesh screen; seeing a familiar, same-sex monkey through the same setup; and seeing his or her own reflection in a mirror placed behind a mesh screen.