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  1. 1
    to exist and be capable of being used

    We didn’t have the systems in place to deal with so many orders.

    A staff of four counsellors is in place to handle calls to the new hotline.

    put something in place:

    We need to put safeguards in place to prevent this type of accident occurring again.

  2. 3
    American without leaving the position that you are in. The British expression is on the spot

    We had to run in place for five minutes.

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a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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