One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he handed over his duties to his deputy’
second in command, second, number two, subordinate, junior, auxiliary, adjutant, lieutenant, subaltern, assistant, personal assistant, PA, aide, helper, right-hand man, henchman, underling
substitute, stand-in, fill-in, relief, understudy, supply
representative, surrogate, proxy, delegate, agent, spokesperson, ambassador, legate
informal vice, girl Friday, man Friday, sidekick, locum, temp
1‘she brought in an old friend as deputy editor’
substitute, stand-in, acting, reserve, fill-in, caretaker, temporary, short-term, provisional, stopgap, surrogate, proxy, representative
pro tempore, ad interim
North American informal pinch-hitting
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