place (someone)

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place (someone)

To recognize and remember who someone is. They showed me a picture of a suspect and asked if I knew who it was, but I couldn't place her. A: "Do you remember my friend Tom?" B: "I know the name, but I can't place him."
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place someone

to recall someone's name; to recall the details about a person that would help you identify the person. I am sorry, I can't seem to place you. Could you tell me your name again? I can't place her. Did I meet her once before?
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Bear in mind the decay of Sight Recognition which threatened society at the time of the Colour Revolt; add too the certainty that Women would speedily learn to shade off their extremities so as to imitate the Circles; it must then be surely obvious to you, my dear Reader, that the Colour Bill placed us under a great danger of confounding a Priest with a young Woman.
But if Platon hadn't been shaved for a soldier, Michael would have had to go.' called us all to him and, will you believe it, placed us in front of the icons.
We must accept the position in which Miss Silvester has placed us. I shall give up all further effort to trace her from this moment."
A moment before all was dullness, but a PAS further has placed us on the summit of the Furka; and exactly in front of us, at a HOPOW of only fifteen miles, this magnificent mountain lifts its snow-wreathed precipices into the deep blue sky.
Next they took us into a little mean, shabby back room; they got two ordinary sitting-room chairs and placed us in them with our coats on.
As we have met to-day, we meet no more; but in other relations than those in which this conversation have placed us, we may be long and happily entwined; and may every blessing that the prayers of a true and earnest heart can call down from the source of all truth and sincerity, cheer and prosper you!'
She then desired the Sultan, the chief of the eunuchs, the little slave, and myself to descend into a secret court of the palace, and placed us beneath a gallery which ran all round, she herself standing in the centre of the court.
With a swift glance around the room, he at once laid out our plan of attack, and without speaking a word, with a gesture, placed us each in position.
With such a VADE MECUM D'Artagnan was morally and physically an exact copy of the hero of Cervantes, to whom we so happily compared him when our duty of an historian placed us under the necessity of sketching his portrait.
You two were busy cutting up the heifer, and at that moment we stood at the gates, whereon Achilles sprang to his feet, led us by the hand into the house, placed us at table, and set before us such hospitable entertainment as guests expect.
Obama tried to scare us into a 'remain' vote Now America has placed us "first in line", it's up to us to ensure we get a fair deal come what may.
Luck has smiled on the Jewish people and placed us in a hotel a few hundred feet from the largest Whole Foods I've ever been in.
This has placed us at the forefront of Islamic finance in the world," said QIB's group chief executive Bassel Gamal.
government's push to shift more products from prescription to nonprescription, "too much uncertainty in generics has placed us on the sidelines," Trucchio tells investors in a research note.
Now the recent Geo onslaught on ISI/ Army has placed us in a very awkward position.