stand in for


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stand in for (someone or something)

To be or act as a substitute for someone or something; to do something in someone's or something's stead. It was decided that I would stand in for my sister at the head of the company while she took her sabbatical. Because of my diet I have this low-calorie spray standing in for olive oil while I cook, but it's just not the same. We stand in for the actors so the crew can light the set properly.
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stand in for

Substitute for, as in He's kindly agreed to stand in for me at the reception. [Early 1900s]
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stand in for

v.
To act as a substitute for someone or something, especially for an actor while the lights and camera are adjusted: The understudy stood in for the lead performer.
See also: stand