Meaning of “bridge a/the gap” in the English Dictionary

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"bridge a/the gap" in British English

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bridge a/the gap

to connect two things or to make the difference between them smaller:

The president singled out education as a vital tool in bridging the gap between rich and poor.
This collection of stories bridges the gap between history and fiction.

(Definition of “bridge a/the gap” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)