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1Deputize.‘Brown stood in for the injured Simpson’
deputize, act, act as deputy, substitute, act as substitute, act as stand-in, fill in, sit in, do duty, take over, act as understudy, act as locum, do a locum, be a proxy, cover, provide cover, hold the fort, step into the breachView synonyms
- ‘I then stood in for another team leader while she was off, and I picked up everything really quickly.’
- ‘The equipment has already been tested with court staff standing in as replacements.’
- ‘He stood in for us when called on and played better than we could have expected.’
- ‘Ian Bell also pushed his claims by striking an assured 70 when he stood in for Graham Thorpe.’
Sail closer to the shore.
- ‘In the evening we saw a harbour, stood in towards it and found it to have all the appearances of a good one.’
- ‘The American ship stood in as close to the shoals as she dared and then fired a shot across the steamer's bow.’
- ‘The ship stood in for the island.’
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