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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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Based on the report, the TUC called upon the UK government to require employers to conduct audits and action plans to close the gap in their workplaces, The Guardian reported.
Mississippi has made the most progress in closing this gap since 1970, with a change of 24%.
Some results suggest that many treefall gaps may be too small to produce detectable changes in soil nutrient processes(Vitousekand Denslow,1986; Denslow 1987), butDenslowet al.
2] gaps and 37 tree and grass species were in 300 - 400 [m.
5 million beneficiaries enrolled in a Part D plan in 2006, approximately 89 percent enrolled in a plan without gap coverage, with the remainder enrolled in more generous plans with generic-only or generic and brand coverage during the gap (The Kaiser Family Foundation 2007).
Answering these questions could help us understand what successful schools do to close their achievement gaps over time.
Culture gaps -- where miscommunication is caused by culture-based differences in implicit meaning or connotation
The gaps and moonlets could offer researchers insights about planet formation in the solar system and around other stars, Spahn says.
Of course, we had the ability within our package to change the gap responsibilities for our DE and OLBs, and DTs and MLB, depending on the scheme we were facing.
By limiting the CNLSY data to cohorts born in the same years as the children in our data set, we found raw test-score gaps only half as large as those found in the earlier cohorts of data used by Phillips and remarkably close to those found in our data set.
Small canopy gaps created by the mortality of one or a few overstory trees are currently the primary form of disturbance in many eastern deciduous forests (Runkle 1990).
This study examined differences at the classroom level between Kentucky schools with minimum versus large gaps in academic achievement between particular groups of students.
Whether or not these stocks will close their gaps and return to the previous day's levels is anybody's guess--a crapshoot, you might say.
In her new life-changing guide to women's wealth, The Wealth Gap: Bridging the Eight Gaps to Women's Wealth (iUniverse; Jan.