Definition of step into the breach in English:

step into the breach


  • Replace someone who is suddenly unable to do a job or task.

    ‘I can't think of anyone who could step into the breach should I become ill’
    • ‘Our thanks must go to them for stepping into the breach.’
    • ‘Well, not if - I would echo what Jonah says - not if someone else steps into the breach.’
    • ‘So the worker who appears to be extremely diligent and hard working, can in fact perhaps be trying to cover up their tracks and make sure there's no opportunity for anyone to step into the breach and uncover their fraudulent acts?’
    • ‘However, if the US consumer, the mainstay of much of the US's positive economic performance until September 11, decides to cool off for a while, the manufacturing sector is showing signs of stepping into the breach for a change.’
    • ‘Principals and deputy principals stepped into the breach after Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland members withdrew from the work over a year ago.’
    • ‘Perhaps now that society doesn't reward the maternal instinct in the way it once did there is a gap to fill and men, newly emasculated, are stepping into the breach.’
    • ‘A spokesman for the Association of British Travel Agents said: ‘It is good news that someone is stepping into the breach, not just for the holidaymaker but for all those who have second homes in northern France.’’
    • ‘Eventually he is unable to call the numbers, so Bobby steps into the breach and becomes an overnight hit.’
    • ‘Others argue that it is extremely unlikely that the Scottish Executive or Westminster would suddenly step into the breach and come to the rescue with a potful of cash.’
    • ‘The National Heritage Memorial Fund stepped into the breach and handed over £1 million to cover the work.’
    • ‘But he's disappeared, for now, so I'm stepping into the breach.’
    • ‘But last week it was announced that the town's jazz society was stepping into the breach and the show would go on for just £6,000.’
    • ‘He suggested that if the Rivers Agency did not have the manpower to complete the task then the Council would be more than happy to step into the breach.’
    • ‘The little guys have reached the breaking point and are taking matters into their own hands - stepping into the breach with the one-two punch of proxy resolutions and lawsuits.’
    • ‘Critics will say NGOs aren't simply gallantly stepping into the breach, rather they actually seek to perpetuate their power in crises like this.’
    • ‘The job is currently vacant at the moment, which is fun for all concerned - so I have bravely stepped into the breach, much to the relief of the lovely-sounding head librarian at the school.’
    • ‘So, in the interest of returning some level of sanity to public discourse, I am stepping into the breach.’
    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 breach
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