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mind the gap

An audio or visual instruction used in the UK and Ireland to be careful stepping over the space between a train's carriage and the platform when boarding or disembarking. Primarily heard in UK, Ireland. Your train is now arriving. Please mind the gap.
See also: gap, mind

stand in the gap

To assume a position of active, resolute defense (for or against something). From Ezekiel 22:30: "And I sought for a man among them that should make up the hedge and stand in the gap before Me for the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found none." We are all called to stand in the gap to defend what we know in our hearts to be morally correct and essential.
See also: gap, stand

credibility gap

The discrepancy between the lofty promises that a person makes and the resulting action or situation. The politician suffered a credibility gap regarding his claims about the economy's improvement because his constituents were still unable to find work.
See also: gap

generation gap

The difference of opinions and attitudes, especially in relation to social changes and politics, that develop as each generation changes from the one before it. Attitudes toward gay marriage reflects a clear generation gap on the issue today.
See also: gap, generation

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.
See also: bridge, gap

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.
See also: bridge, gap

fill the gap

to serve temporarily. I think that the temp will fill the gap until a new person can be hired.
See also: fill, gap

credibility gap

Distrust of a public statement or position, as in The current credibility gap at City Hall is the result of miscommunication between the mayor's office and the press . This term originated about 1960 in connection with the American public's disinclination to believe government statements about the Vietnam War. It soon was extended to individuals and corporations as well as government agencies to express a lack of confidence in the truth of their statements, or perception of a discrepancy between words and actions.
See also: gap

gender gap

A broad difference between men and women, as in There is still an enormous gender gap in the wages of unskilled labor. This expression at first referred to the difference between men and women in voting preferences. It has since been extended to other areas. [1970s]
See also: gap, gender

generation gap

A broad difference in values and attitudes between one generation and another, especially between parents and their children. For example, There's a real generation gap in their choice of music, restaurants, clothing-you name it . [1960s"
See also: gap, generation

stop a gap

serve to meet a temporary need.
See also: gap, stop

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
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GAP hires no outside public relations or advertising people, relying instead on supporters and its own media successes to pass the word.
has announced a number of organizational changes in recent months, including the introduction of Gap brand's Global Creative Center, directly aimed at improving performance in North America and fueling global growth.
About Gap Gap is a global apparel and accessories brand focused on delivering casual, American style.
The expansion into Latin America began in 2011 with Gap Inc.
Robinson joined Gap in 2007 and has previously designed for Giorgio Armani and Anne Klein, to name a few.
He helped discourage slant passes to the SE and directly in front of his gap responsibility on flow toward him.
The most likely explanation for the narrower gap, the team says, is that the shock wave has accelerated charged particles in the gap to high speeds, thereby producing cosmic rays.
In too many companies, there is little or no attempt to confirm or quantify any gap between leaders and employees--be it related to strategy, outlook or communication itself.
As a result, the black-white gap in academic achievement now seems to account for a sizable share of the black-white gap in wages.
Gap 3--The process is capital intensive and complicated: A modern chemical pulp mill cannot exist without systems for cooking, washing, recovering, and re-using chemicals.
Gap has always been committed to incorporating a positive social impact into our everyday business," said Steven Sare, senior vice president of Merchandising for Gap.
The company claimed the gap is actually a manufacturing feature and has noted it on the user manual.
The three Gap stores at the Pheasant Lane Mall have closed their doors and been emptied out, as the company prepares to open a lower-cost Gap Outlet store in the new Merrimack Premium Outlets mall in June.