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fill a/the void

To replace someone or something that is absent or missing. No, we got that project done—Rebecca filled the void while you were on vacation. If Mike doesn't play sports this year, what will fill the void besides his trouble-making friends?
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Jeddah-based IDB is keen to grow trade among its 56 member countries and fill a void left by other multilateral and private-sector financial institutions that have been slow to support such regional strategies.
I give people about 20 minutes and then I'm, like, "nah." The number 1 thing that happens in gay relationships is that people try to fill a void in their lives by putting a person there.
At the same time, the term "horror vacui" signifies nor only awe before the void, but also the active teleological efficacy of nature (i.e., the idea that nature acts to fill a void), a cornerstone of Aristotelian physics.
According to Tommy Clinton, President and CEO for Column Financial, "With insurance companies and banks reducing their commercial mortgage portfolios, we can fill a void. The commercial/multi-family loan market is over $1 trillion in size and includes about $325 billion in multi-family loans," he explained.
In the March 9 PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS, Anthony Rosatoand his co-workers conclude that the size difference among balls makes it more likely that a small, rather than a large, ball will fill a void that may open during the shaking process; for a large ball to move down in the can, several small balls must simultaneously move out of the way, whereas it only takes the movement of one large ball to create a void that several small balls can fall into.