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sub for someone or something

to substitute for someone or something. I have to sub for Roger at work this weekend. Will pliers sub for the wrench you wanted?
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sub someone for (someone else)

 and sub something for something else
to substitute someone for someone else or something for something else. I will sub Chuck for Roger for this next play only. We will sub the red ones for the blue ones.
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substitute for someone or something

to serve as a replacement for someone or something. I have to substitute for Roger at work this weekend. Do you think that this will substitute for the one you wanted?
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substitute someone for (someone else)

 and substitute something for something else
to exchange someone or something for someone or something else; to replace someone or something with someone or something else. Shall I substitute Fred for Mary in the front office? Please substitute fish for beef on my dinner order.
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Substituting walnuts for some of the fat in a normal diet reduces both total cholesterol and LDL levels.
TBTA is substituting the existing 1980 senior bond resolution governing the notes with a new general revenue (senior) resolution as part of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's (MTA) debt restructuring.
I think the best thing about substituting is the variety of assignments," said Lee.
And even after the incident at El Sereno Elementary School, teacher Wendell Smith got a job substituting the next day at a second Los Angeles school, Yorkdale Elementary School in Eagle Rock, when rules were bypassed, officials said.
Banahan found that the pharmacists' comfort level in substituting generics was directly correlated with ther perception of how narrow the therapeutic indices were for the products.
If you are interested in substituting in the Barbers Hill Independent School District, contact Carla Arceneaux, Service Coordinator, at 281-427-4731.
You can improve the flavor of packaged mixes by substituting canned or homemade fat-skimmed broth for water.
They stretched the servings by adding other ingredients to the fish or substituting relatively inexpensive ground chicken.