take the place of (someone or something)

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take the place of (someone or something)

To substitute for someone or something; to stand in someone's or something's stead. It was decided that I would take the place of my sister as the head of the company. Tofu can easily take the place of chicken in this dish.
See also: of, place, take
References in classic literature ?
Her taste for painting took the place of the passions and interests which usually absorb her sex.
But even there they were confined to the worst jobs, the worst schools, and the worst neighborhoods; racial covenants took the place of pass laws, and, Jones says, the ghetto took the place of the plantation.