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assume the position

1. To take over the role and responsibilities of a particular job. My boss wants me to assume the position of treasurer this year, but I don't know if I want the extra workload.
2. A command issued by US law enforcement officers, meaning to stand with one's back to the officer and hold one's arms in a position to be either handcuffed or frisked. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. I knew I was in trouble when they asked me out of the car, but I knew I was going to jail when they told me to assume the position.
See also: assume, position

cowgirl position

A sex position in which the woman is on top of the man, with both partners facing each other. The Kama Sutra is totally blowing my mind! All I knew before was the cowgirl position!
See also: position

be in pole position

To be ideally positioned for success. The phrase comes from racing, in which the starting position at the inside of the front row (the "pole position") is thought to improve one's chance of winning. Primarily heard in UK. She is in pole position to win the scholarship, thanks to all of her extracurricular activities.
See also: pole, position

the missionary position

A sexual position in which the partner who is penetrating lies on top of the other and faces them. The term is often said to have originated with Christian missionaries' supposed promotion of the position among native tribal peoples as the proper one, but the phrase likely originated as the result of sex researcher Alfred Kinsey conflating anthropologists' reports. The missionary position is probably the most popular sexual position, or at least the most well known.
See also: missionary, position

come in a certain position

to finish in a certain position or rank. Fred came in fourth in the race. He was afraid he would come in last.
See also: certain, come, position

come to the job with something

 and come to the position with something; come to the task with something
to bring a particular quality to a task or job. She comes to the job with great enthusiasm. Ann comes to this position with a lot of experience.
See also: come, job

jockey for position

 
1. Lit. to work one's horse into a desired position in a horse race. Three riders were jockeying for position in the race. Ken was behind, but jockeying for position.
2. . Fig. to work oneself into a desired position. The candidates were jockeying for position, trying to get the best television exposure. I was jockeying for position but running out of campaign money.
See also: jockey, position

jockey someone or something into position

to manage to get someone or something into a desirable position. (See also jockey for position.) The rider jockeyed his horse into position. Try to jockey your bicycle into position so you can pass the others.
See also: jockey, position

make someone's position clear

to clarify where someone stands on an issue. I don't think you understand what I said. Let me make my position dear. I can't tell whether you are in favor of or against the proposal. Please make your position clear.
See also: clear, make, position

place someone in an awkward position

Fig. to put someone in an embarrassing or delicate situation. Your decision places me in an awkward position. I'm afraid I have put myself in sort of an awkward position.
See also: awkward, place, position

put someone in an awkward position

to make a situation difficult for someone; to make it difficult for someone to evade or avoid acting. Your demands have put me in an awkward position. I don't know what to do. I'm afraid I've put myself in sort of an awkward position.
See also: awkward, position, put

jockey for position

Maneuver or manipulate for one's own benefit, as in The singers are always jockeying for position on stage. This expression, dating from about 1900, originally meant maneuvering a race horse into a better position for winning. It was transferred to other kinds of manipulation in the mid-1900s.
See also: jockey, position

scoring position, in

About to succeed, as in The publisher is in scoring position with that instant book about the trial. This term comes from sports, where it signifies being in a spot where scoring is likely. In baseball it refers to a situation in which a runner is on second or third base. The figurative use of the term dates from the second half of the 1900s.
See also: score

in pole position

mainly BRITISH
If you are in pole position, you are in a very strong position in a competition or competitive situation, and are likely to win or be successful. As the European market leader we are in pole position to exploit this market. The chancellor is fighting hard to remain in pole position to take over from the prime minister. Note: This expression comes from motor racing, where the driver who starts the race in front of all the other drivers is said to start `in pole position'.
See also: pole, position

jockey for position

If someone jockeys for position, they try to get into a better position or situation than people they are competing against. Reporters with their cameras jockeyed for position. Some presenters are already jockeying for position to see who will read the new Six O'Clock News. Note: Jockeying for position is also used as a noun. There was a constant jockeying for position between the superpowers. Note: The image here is of jockeys (= riders of race horses) trying to get their horses into the best position at the beginning of a race.
See also: jockey, position
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Figure 2 in (18) shows that regardless of the initial value of [lambda], after only three steps, [lambda] approaches a constant value, which is interpreted as the correct weight between the rotational and positional components of [E.
Whenever people use their position to lead others for a long time and fail to develop genuine influence, they become branded as positional leaders, and they rarely get further opportunities for advancement in that organization.
The verb slot of the locative construction is filled by verbs from either of two form classes: the locative class (subsuming the posturals and the existential) and the positional class.
To investigate whether the effect we observed also depends on the melting temperature of the genomic target, we performed reactions using SNRPN PCR products as template (1), which resulted in the disappearance of the positional effect.
n Reports estimate that positional plagiocephaly affects around half of all babies under a year old.
Positional networks for physician executives working in insurance and in general industry are also available for ACPE members.
In the case of positional asphyxia, the arrest or restraint of a violent and combative individual may inadvertently result in the compression of the trunk area of the person's body.
From learning the alphabet, to pronouncing letter combinations, to colors and shapes, to learning numbers, basic money concepts, opposites, seasons, positional words, body parts, senses, and so much more, Let's Get Ready For Kindergarten
Many readers have asked how to perform the modified Epley procedure (MEP) to relieve a common type of dizziness called benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV).
The author conducted a retrospective study to determine the prevalence of a falling sensation in patients who underwent the Epley canalith repositioning maneuver for the treatment of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo.
By striving to control the central squares with pieces rather than pawns, The Queen's Indian balances risk with reward, and leads to complex situations favored by aggressive and positional players alike.
Replacing the flange and bolt that serve as the basis of all connectors currently in use is a retaining ring and positional locking cap on one tube that lock onto the cavity housing on the other tube.
Each issue carries results of research studies, commentaries or positional papers, case studies, legal and court rulings, and media and literature reviews focusing on both civil and criminal matters.
The inmate died from aspiration of gastric content and positional asphyxia.
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