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I've knocked about in all sorts of places, and it won't be the first time I've served as cook.

It must not be supposed that this spring day in the spring places had reformed his manner of delivery.

The ablutionary fluid is most difficult to be had in places where water is abundant.

Slowly and reluctantly, the sailors took their places, for Robert was a favorite with them.

There are places where no girl can get work unless she's pulchritudinous.

The road's a little rocky in places, but it's very pleasant.

When that was finished, the three superb pieces of embroidery were put in their places.

Their burdens deposited, they took their places in front of the ranks of the warriors.

The best that can happen will be the introduction of British manufacturers in their places.

Now if you were in our places, should not you be quite provoked?


c.1200, "space, dimensional extent, room, area," from Old French place "place, spot" (12c.) and directly from Medieval Latin placea "place, spot," from Latin platea "courtyard, open space; broad way, avenue," from Greek plateia (hodos) "broad (way)," fem. of platys "broad" (see plaice).

Replaced Old English stow and stede. From mid-13c. as "particular part of space, extent, definite location, spot, site;" from early 14c. as "position or place occupied by custom, etc.; position on some social scale;" from late 14c. as "inhabited place, town, country," also "place on the surface of something, portion of something, part," also, "office, post." Meaning "group of houses in a town" is from 1580s.

Also from the same Latin source are Italian piazza, Catalan plassa, Spanish plaza, Middle Dutch plaetse, Dutch plaats, German Platz, Danish plads, Norwegian plass. Wide application in English covers meanings that in French require three words: place, lieu, and endroit. Cognate Italian piazza and Spanish plaza retain more of the etymological sense.

To take place "happen" is from mid-15c. To know (one's) place is from c.1600; hence figurative expression put (someone) in his or her place (1855). Place of worship attested from 1689, originally in official papers and in reference to assemblies of dissenters from the Church of England. All over the place "in disorder" is attested from 1923.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.