take (someone's or something's) pulse

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take (someone's or something's) pulse

1. Literally, to measure the heart rate of a person or animal in order to determine if they are alive or in good health. The doctor tried to take the poor man's pulse but declared him dead on the spot. She's taking the dog's pulse to see if he needs to go to the vet.
2. By extension, to gauge, measure, or get a sense of how well someone or something is performing, thriving, managing, coping, etc. We try to take our employees' pulse at the start of every year to see gauge the level of their morale. The analysis promises to take the economy's pulse and give clear predictions of the market's ability to grow over the next few years.
See also: pulse, take

take someone's pulse

to measure the frequency of the beats of a person's pulse. I can take my own pulse. The nurse took my pulse and said I was fine.
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take somebody’s ˈplace

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take the place of somebody

do something which another person was doing before; replace somebody: Miss Jones has left the school and this term her place has been taken by Mr Carter.I was sick, so Bill took my place at the meeting.
See also: place, take

take your ˈplace


1 go to the physical position that is necessary for an activity: We all took our places round the table.
2 take or accept the status in society that is correct or that you deserve: He is ready now to take his place as one of the fastest swimmers in history.
See also: place, take