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trade places

To switch to the spot, role, or position that another person currently is in. I want to talk to the people at the other end of the table. Would you mind trading places? Many people say that they would gladly trade places with a celebrity, but I doubt they would enjoy the constant attention.
See also: place, trade

trade places

If two people trade places, each person puts themselves in the situation of the other person. There was a time in my life when I would have traded places with anyone because I believed that everyone was better than me. He plays the young heir to an oil fortune who trades places with a water-ski instructor.
See also: place, trade
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Last year, Ching's halau was rated the overall winner and split the rest of the awards with Paleka Mattos's Hula Halau o Kamuela; this year, the two companies traded places, with Mattos's taking best of show.
The thesis of Trading Places is that the history of Judaism and Christianity intersected and ultimately traded places between the first and fourth centuries, with respect to politics, values, teleology, and understandings of history.
They then narrowed their search to a small portion of the chromosome that had undergone a rare mishap in two patients -- a piece of it had broken off and traded places with a grament from another chromosome.
Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks have held the top two spots for the past several years, although the cities have traded places a time or two.
And you could have easily traded places with Shannon Sharpe, watching Sunday from the sidelines with any number of ailments.
He tried it and when the cars pulled in the station, Cheryl, who had traded places, saw him put both thumbs up in approval.