tr.v. mis·placed, mis·plac·ing, mis·plac·es
a. To put into a wrong place: misplace punctuation in a sentence.
b. To mislay: I misplaced my wallet.
2. To bestow (confidence, for example) on an improper, unsuitable, or unworthy person or idea.
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