One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
replace, stand in for, be a substitute for, substitute for, act for, fill in for, cover forView synonyms
- ‘Today the whole process of collecting sap and producing syrup has been mechanized, plastic tubing taking the place of galvanized pails and the woodstoves replaced by electric boilers and automatic evaporators.’
- ‘Replacements had been temporarily appointed to take the place of the absent officers and the service was functioning normally, he said.’
- ‘Collaboration and cooperation replaced gossip, and teamwork took the place of quarrels.’
- ‘A new hot-water perimeter heating system replaced the original steam radiators; a constant-volume-reheat system took the place of the window units.’
- ‘An obvious annoyance is the way English is seeping into Japanese, often taking the place of perfectly good native words as users try to be fashionable.’
- ‘Her last studio album Medulla was recorded a cappella and had her multi-layering her voice to create an audacious wall-of-sound in which the human voice took the place of all the instruments.’
- ‘This new system of communication took the place of the previous messaging system that involved the use of two pay-phones and a message board where messages were written down for residents by passers-by.’
- ‘Chess takes the place of all the other passions, and the people in his life, including his parents, become shadowy, meaningless figures.’
- ‘Phillip, whom I am taking the place of, showed me round the building.’
- ‘The shiny black pant is really taking the place of where jeans and white jeans and black jeans use to be.’
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