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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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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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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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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.