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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

stop a gap

To temporarily cover or fill in a deficiency or need. We need you to work the next two weeks with the marketing department. It's just to stop a gap until Meredith's replacement is ready to start. I know you want more than an apple, but it's just to stop a gap until we come to the next rest area.
See also: gap, stop

gender gap

A phrase that can be applied to any socioeconomic difference that exists between men and women. I really hope Maureen's big raise helps to lessen the gender gap in wages at this company.
See also: gap, gender

thigh gap

The space visible between one's inner thighs when one stands with knees touching or almost touching. Because thinness contributes to a thigh gap, this concept is often regarded or criticized as a beauty ideal. I worry that the media is encouraging young girls to see a thigh gap as beautiful and necessary.
See also: gap, thigh

Catholic gap

slang For a Catholic wedding, the period of time between the end of the wedding ceremony at the church and the start of the reception at another location. This typically happens with an early afternoon wedding and an evening reception. Ugh, what are we going to do during the Catholic gap? We should at least go and get drinks somewhere.
See also: catholic, 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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The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that with all workers included, whether full-time or part-time, the gender pay gap is found to be 18.
Hawaii has the lowest gap in business-ownership rates between whites and blacks, at 38%.
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Over time, friction between parts may cause this gap to expand slightly.
The aileron gap seal uses Mylar chafing tape to protect the skin of the aileron and prevent an increase in control forces due to friction.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as amended by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 included a phaseout of this coverage gap that will be complete in 2020.
Treefalls: Gap dynamics in the southern Appalachian.
We conducted parallel analyses to compare Medicare beneficiaries with a coverage gap versus without a gap in an integrated delivery system MAPD, and to compare beneficiaries with a gap versus with generic-only gap coverage in a network-model MAPD.
Historically, most studies and reports on the achievement gap have focused on differences in achievement scores between white and African American students on national tests, such as the SAT or the National Assessment of Educational Progress.
CalCPA members also expressed concern that tax preparers who promote fraudulent schemes as well as taxpayers who commit fraud are contributors to the tax gap.
After mulling over these communication problems, and a few similar ones, we came to realize that the conventional approaches to organizational communication were causing a network of gaps and blockages throughout our organization.
Chairman, recently attention has focused on the so-called tax gap and what connection, if any, the tax gap may have to fundamental tax reform.
Pan and Daphnis are massive enough to each clear a circular gap extending all the way around the ring.
The tax gap arises through the underreporting of tax liabilities, underpayment of taxes due or "nonfiling" of required tax returns.
This allows it to wind in gap mode during roll changes.