One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Cleverly or judiciously positioned or deployed.‘I obtained the information through well-placed questions’
- ‘Indeed, a subtle, well-placed question may be the most effective tactic you have.’
- ‘The boom in online recruitment is something the company is also well placed to take advantage of.’
- ‘That way we will be well placed to take full advantage of the eventual economic upswing.’
- ‘I thought for a moment, thrown off course by Mally's well-placed question, one I hadn't addressed before now.’
- ‘He was a successful farmer and businessman, well placed to take advantage of developments in agriculture.’
- 1.1 Having a fortunate or advantageous position.‘the country is well placed to take advantage of the single market’‘the port is well placed for European trade’
- ‘One well-placed insider said: ‘The only conclusion you can reach is that there is more to this than has so far met the eye.’’
- ‘He grew up largely without a permanent home because his family relied on the generosity of well-placed friends and relatives in various European countries.’
- ‘‘I would be very disappointed if this election turned out to be rigged,’ one well-placed politician said.’
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