step into the breach

step into the breach

to do work that someone else is not able or not willing to do Other institutions are stepping into the breach to make loans where banks will not.
Usage notes: also used in the form throw someone into the breach: Friedman was thrown into the breach when our head coach suddenly quit.
See also: breach, step

step into the breach

  (formal)
to do someone's work when they are suddenly not able to do it Professor Collier stepped into the breach when the guest lecturer failed to turn up.
See also: breach, step
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That has led to Ecclestone negotiating with Hockenheim's promoters in the hope they can step into the breach for the July 17-19 event, but the clock is ticking.
The man who the Football Association appointed Under-21 manager five years ago and who was also Capello's assistant for four years said: "I'm available and I have tournament experience if they need me to step into the breach in the summer.
McCann will slot in for experienced Paul Tyrrell, who left Anfield only to step into the breach for Ian Ross at Everton.
Tom Queally was the latest freelance to step into the breach when winning the Group 3 Oh So Sharp Stakes at Newmarket on Alsindi for Brittain's main patron Saeed Manana yesterday.
Under normal circumstances, Ryan Giggs would step into the breach but it has been noticeable this season that the honour has gone to Nemanja Vidic.
And if that happens, Dalglish looks likely to step into the breach on a temporary basis, with fellow Liverpool legend Ian Rush, to provide stability and breathing space in the search for a permanent successor.
It ensures the oldest race on the F1 calendar retains its place in motor sport history, with Silverstone able to step into the breach following Donington Park's failure to meet its obligations.
I WAS pleased to hear that the Ricoh Arena are planning to make a bid to step into the breach left by Villa Park to stage Olympic football matches in 2012.
Dear Editor, I was pleased to hear that the Ricoh Arena are planning to make a bid to step into the breach left by Villa park to stage Olympic football matches in 2012.
Still, we should be spared a summer of crying, ice-cream deprived children at the seaside, as Unilever's rivals are all too happy to step into the breach, upping production to 24 hours a day.
The birthday party is in ruins until Steve persuades Eileen Grimshaw (Sue Cleaver) to step into the breach.
Martin Evans, of the Wales Transport Research Centre, said there were no other no-frills airlines running budget flights to Canada which could easily step into the breach.
He admitted though that he felt honoured and privileged when chairman John Yorkston asked him to step into the breach.
Whether former Coventry boss Black will join Corbridge-born Bruce in the North-West is unclear but Ridgewell believes Black has the credentials to step into the breach.