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place in

1. To set someone or something inside (of something or some place). In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "place" and "in." He placed the roses in the vase on the hallway table. I'm placing applicants in the board room while they wait for their interviews.
2. To assign someone to some particular group, situation, or scenario. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "place" and "in." They're placing me in a remedial math class after I failed algebra last year. Place half the participants in a group with the active drug, and place the other half in the group taking the placebo.
3. To achieve, first, second, or third place in a sporting competition. I never imagined I would ever place in a national championship when I first started competing in tennis.
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place something in something

to put something inside something. Place the rabbit in the pen with the others. Please place your dishes in the sink when you finish.
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References in classic literature ?
If you accept the service I tender, Miss Haredale, she shall be instantly placed in safe conduct, and that promise redeemed.
However the timing as to when to break up the sit-in had become subject to dispute, with some calling for a blockades to be placed in order to prevent armed assailants from spreading out into surrounding areas, at a time when political dialogue was being conducted with sit-in supporters who claimed to renounce the use of violence.
Under the amendment, a minor shall face a jail sentence and a fine in case violation of the law is repeated or placed in the care of an institution, added the report in the Gulf Daily News, our sister publication.
ESL students at Garfield are often placed in JROTC instead of overcrowded PE classes without having requested or even consented to it, and are lured into signing up for military service with promises of citizenship and scholarship money.
In August, a bomb placed in the door of the ADC in Boston detonated, severely injuring two policemen.
He was placed in summary exclusion proceedings--the first time such proceedings had ever been used against a lawful permanent resident--and charged under the McCarran-Walter Act ideological exclusion grounds under INA 212(a)(27)-(29) (136).
(166) Al-Najjar was arrested and placed in deportation proceedings in May 1997 as part of an FBI investigation against a former administrator of WISE who became head of the Islamic Jihad.
He told her that "all immigration detainees from Arab countries being held for the INS by the facility were rounded up and placed in a separate room.
They compromised by putting a more religious cast to the reception of these new Christians than they would have if they had been heads of state, and they continued to refer to them pointedly as "signori" rather than "principi."(42) But they stifled the objections of nobles like Lorenzo Priuli, who complained about being placed in procession behind emissaries "of such an unknown and so little regarded King [as the King of Japan]," and they put on the most splendid reception the Japanese received, thereby reminding the rest of Europe that when it came to public ritual, there was no one who could surpass them.(43)
"To the extent that these refugee youth violated criminal laws, their criminality is a product of the conditions they were placed in. The supposed criminality of refugee youth is not imported from Cambodia."