plant (something) in (something else)
1. Literally, to place or set a plant or the seed of a plant in something or some area in which to grow. We're planting herbs in little pots on the windowsill so we can watch them grow. They planted palm trees in their back yard, and it looks absolutely ridiculous. Make sure you plant the saplings in enough soil for the roots to spread out properly.
2. To fix something firmly or securely in something. We planted our feet in the dirt and began to push with all our might. I planted the hydraulic legs of the aerial lift in the ground so that the whole thing wouldn't topple over.
3. To introduce, establish, or implant something in someone's mind, emotions, subconscious, etc. My brother planted the idea of moving to New York City in my mind, and now I can't think of anything else to do! They aim to plant revolutionary intentions in the hearts of young men and women across the country.
4. To conceal or hide something in something or some place. The criminal gang planted the stolen goods in fast-food warehouses across the North East. We planted microphones in the lining of their luggage so we could hear their conversations during the entire trip.
5. To place something secretly in something or some place with the intention of causing a false understanding or interpretation upon discovery. We planted a bloody knife in his desk drawer so it would look like he was the one who killed his wife. The police officer was convicted of planting drugs in the clothing of pedestrians on the street in order to justify his many arrests.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
plant something in something
1. Lit. to set out a plant in something; to sow seeds in something. Are you going to plant tomatoes in these pots? What have you planted in the garden?
2. Fig. to put an idea in someone's brain, head, or thinking. Who planted that silly idea in your head? I want to plant this concept in her thinking.
3. Fig. Inf. to conceal something in something. The crook planted the money in the back of the refrigerator. What did the cops plant in your pockets?
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.