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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His paragraphs were returned, and though he tried repeatedly he never succeeded in placing one. Later on, when it no longer mattered, he learned that the associate editors and sub-editors augmented their salaries by supplying those paragraphs themselves.
The Swede saw the white man leap to his feet beside the corpse of his foe, and placing one foot upon the broken neck lift his voice in the hideous challenge of the victorious bull-ape.
'Another double,' said the old lady, triumphantly making a memorandum of the circumstance, by placing one sixpence and a battered halfpenny under the candlestick.
CHILDREN OVER ONE: Open the child's airway by placing one hand on child's forehead, gently tilting head back and lifting chin.
CHILDREN UNDER ONE: Open the infant's airway by placing one hand on forehead and gently tilting head back and lifting the chin.
Walk forward as if you were on a tightrope, placing one foot in front of the other, making sure the heel of one foot touches the toes of the other as you move.
Spell "C-A-R-L," placing one card face down on the table for each letter.
Spell "M-A-R-Y," placing one card face down for each letter.
By having the initial 37 F-16 pilots trained by the USAF and placing one of their own pilots in the FW, the Polish Air Force will be well on its way to producing its own F-16 pilots whose training and capabilities mirror those of the USAF.
Bohl makes an ironic reference to the space-saving philosophy of the Swedish furniture-maker-to-the-masses, placing one of those peculiar three-cornered IKEA side tables as readymades in each of the four corners of the main gallery space and a fifth in a corner of a second room.
A square cross was created by placing one rectangular box over another in the middle of the court.
Placing one electrode of a fuel cell in the microbe-infested mud and the other in the overlying water provides a low-resistance path for the electrons to follow and produce usable current.
Employees check in and out by placing one of their hands on a reader, which verifies the person's identity based on the size and configuration of his fingers and knuckles.
- Walk along the line, placing one foot directly in front of the other (heel to toe).
He also found exceptional works by famous photographers with which to contrast received notions of their accomplishments, works that, as he said of Sander's, "def[ied] the absolute clarity that made [them] famous." Placing one photo next to another had nothing to do with obfuscation but with achieving more clarity, a clarity that could return viewers to the strangeness of the world and their presence in it.