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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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A series of theoretical studies and experiments now reveals that on certain surfaces, a deposited atom actually trades places with a surface atom.
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Examples of "Flipped" scenarios include an admittedly prejudiced man who is given the opportunity to be black for a day and a mother who trades places with her 16-year-old daughter.
Gifford is taking a brief break from her daily talk show to play the role of Deirdre, the overly enthusiastic stage mother of a teenage supermodel named Janine (Lawson), who voluntarily trades places with a plain Jane lookalike named Alex (also played by Lawson).