One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘I'll stand in as coach’
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
take the place of, do something in someone's place, do something in someone's stead, replace, relieve, take over from, understudy
informal sub, fill someone's boots, fill someone's shoes, step into someone's boots, step into someone's shoes
North American pinch-hit
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