bridge the gap

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bridge the gap

1. Literally, to function as a bridge and connect two points. Don't worry, there are rocks bridging the gap up ahead—we can cross there.
2. To serve as a point of connection between disparate people or groups. I thought Senator Davis was working to bridge the gap between the parties on this controversial issue. A lingua franca is used to bridge the gap between people who do not speak the same language.
3. To alleviate the effects of a shortcoming, usually temporarily. I just need to borrow some money to bridge the gap until I get paid again.
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bridge the gap

 
1. Lit. to make a bridge that reaches across a space. The engineers decided to bridge the gap with a wooden structure.
2. Fig. to do or create something that will serve temporarily. We can bridge the gap with a few temporary employees.
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bridge the ˈgap (between A and B)

(also bridge the ˈgulf (between A and B) less frequent) make it easier to move from one thing to another or for two groups to communicate with each other: The hostel helps to bridge the gap between prison and life on the outside.
See also: bridge, gap
References in classic literature ?
But the anger was soon gone out of me, and when at length Raffles bridged the gap by coming to me, I rose to greet him almost with a shout.
Working with active real estate players in the New York area market, Mercury's loan bridged the gap that remained after the first mortgage and borrower equity came together," commented Adam S.
We have significantly extended our position as the leading provider of C-based ESL design and synthesis for algorithm acceleration on FPGA, and bridged the gap between ESL and physical SoC design by optimizing the connection from C to RTL to Design Compiler.
For the first time, we have truly bridged the gap between our new Web applications and the mission-critical information that was previously locked away in the mainframe.
0's new Channel Definition Formats on the Active Desktop, Microsoft has bridged the gap to allow content providers to expedite breaking news and alerts from the Web in real time to the desktops of millions of Internet users who connect with a modem only occasionally throughout the day.