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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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References in classic literature ?
I have seen so many remarkable things in him, that if you would have me really say what I think, I shall reply that I really do look upon him as one of Byron's heroes, whom misery has marked with a fatal brand; some Manfred, some Lara, some Werner, one of those wrecks, as it were, of some ancient family, who, disinherited of their patrimony, have achieved one by the force of their adventurous genius, which has placed them above the laws of society."
But the couple's pension placed them above the level to claim benefits and schemes for heating and insulation.
The Liverpool band were placed them above homegrown US talent including The Eagles, Johnny Cash and Elvis.