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English definition of “step into the breach”

step into the breach

If you step into the breach, you do someone else's work when they are unable to do it: Gill's sudden illness meant that Kathy had to step into the breach.Replacing and exchanging
(Definition of step into the breach from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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