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fill in the blank

1. To provide information or details, usually by actually writing something in a blank space on a test, form, etc. Fill in the blank with what you think is the correct answer.
2. To figure something out; to determine an answer to something that was previously unknown. My parents may not know who dented the car now, but they'll fill in the blank eventually.
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fill in the details

To give information about a particular topic, sometimes by actually writing it in the blank space on a form. Please fill in the details about your medical history on this form. Who are you dating? Come on, fill in the details for me!
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back and fill

1. To move a ship's sails in an alternating fashion to accommodate the wind in a narrow channel. We need to back and fill the sails in order to pass through this channel.
2. To be indecisive. You need to make a decision and stick to it—quit backing and filling!
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back and fill

Fig. to act indecisively; to change one's direction repeatedly; to reverse one's course. (Originally nautical, referring to trimming the sails so as to alternately fill them with wind and release the wind, in order to maneuver in a narrow space.) The president spent most of his speech backing and filling on the question of taxation. The other candidate was backing and filling on every issue, depending on whom she was addressing.
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backing and filling

continuously changing or delaying a decision After much backing and filling she finally agreed to hand over the company's books.
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back and fill

Vacillate, be undecided, as in This measure will never be passed if the town meeting continues to back and fill. This term comes from sailing ships, where it signifies alternately backing and filling the sails, a method used when the wind is running against a ship in a narrow channel. The sail is hauled back against the wind and braced so that the tide or current carries the ship forward against the wind. Then the sail must be swung around and filled, to keep the ship on course. The term's figurative use for indecisiveness dates from the mid-1800s.
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filling station

n. a liquor store. (From an old name for an automobile service station.) Please stop at the filling station and get some suds on your way home.
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back and fill

1. Nautical To maneuver a vessel in a narrow channel by adjusting the sails so as to let the wind in and out of them in alteration.
2. To vacillate in one's actions or decisions.
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Composite resin fillings are made of a special quartz compound that contains no mercury and is designed to bond chemically with the tooth.
The US Food and Drug Administration say amalgam fillings that contain more than 50 per cent mercury can cause allergic reactions and make patients feel ill.
In a case-control study involving 1,336 infants born in Norway during a 7-year period, women who had fillings placed in the first or second month of pregnancy had roughly quadrupled odds of giving birth to an infant with cleft palate.
Their work, just published in Chemical Research in Toxicology, shows that the surface forms of mercury in older "silver" fillings (also known as amalgams) may be less toxic than previously thought.
Two recent studies in children report that the old dental fillings are safe.
TREATMENT There are four areas of decay, which can be finished with white fillings to match my other fillings.
Fillings inserted by Welsh dentists last longer than those in England, research showed last night.
Prepare fillings a day in advance and keep refrigerated.
There has been extensive publicity, for decades about the hazards of mercury leakage from dental fillings.
Choose any two of the following fillings (each filling makes 12 canape-sized tarts)
However, little research has been conducted on dentists' patients, who may not face occupationally elevated exposures but who have had varying numbers of dental fillings installed over the course of their lives.
The mercury issue goes back at least to 1850, and no one has conclusively shown that mercury fillings are safe.
Improving the material properties of fillings, inlays, and crowns can reduce the number of trips a patient has to make to the dentist.
Public concern about mercury's possible ill effects in dental fillings (including fatigue, high blood pressure, mental problems, etc.