step into the breach

step into the breach

To perform an action or job or fill a role or position of another person who is not willing or able to do it. Hailey just called from the hospital, and she's not going to be able to make it tonight, so you're going to have to step into the breach and play Juliet. We should give substitute teachers credit for stepping into the breach every day.
See also: breach, step

step into the breach

If you step into the breach, you do something that someone else would usually do but is unable to do. When Richard had to go abroad on business Tim Waites usually stepped into the breach and kept Emerald company. Ted Enloe and Benjamin Rosen will step into the breach until a replacement for Pfeiffer is found.
See also: breach, step
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That has led to Ecclestone negotiating with Hockenheim's promoters in the hope they can step into the breach for the July 17-19 event, but the clock is ticking.
The man who the Football Association appointed Under-21 manager five years ago and who was also Capello's assistant for four years said: "I'm available and I have tournament experience if they need me to step into the breach in the summer.
McCann will slot in for experienced Paul Tyrrell, who left Anfield only to step into the breach for Ian Ross at Everton.
Tom Queally was the latest freelance to step into the breach when winning the Group 3 Oh So Sharp Stakes at Newmarket on Alsindi for Brittain's main patron Saeed Manana yesterday.
Under normal circumstances, Ryan Giggs would step into the breach but it has been noticeable this season that the honour has gone to Nemanja Vidic.
And if that happens, Dalglish looks likely to step into the breach on a temporary basis, with fellow Liverpool legend Ian Rush, to provide stability and breathing space in the search for a permanent successor.
It ensures the oldest race on the F1 calendar retains its place in motor sport history, with Silverstone able to step into the breach following Donington Park's failure to meet its obligations.
I WAS pleased to hear that the Ricoh Arena are planning to make a bid to step into the breach left by Villa Park to stage Olympic football matches in 2012.
Dear Editor, I was pleased to hear that the Ricoh Arena are planning to make a bid to step into the breach left by Villa park to stage Olympic football matches in 2012.
Still, we should be spared a summer of crying, ice-cream deprived children at the seaside, as Unilever's rivals are all too happy to step into the breach, upping production to 24 hours a day.
The birthday party is in ruins until Steve persuades Eileen Grimshaw (Sue Cleaver) to step into the breach.
Martin Evans, of the Wales Transport Research Centre, said there were no other no-frills airlines running budget flights to Canada which could easily step into the breach.
He admitted though that he felt honoured and privileged when chairman John Yorkston asked him to step into the breach.
Whether former Coventry boss Black will join Corbridge-born Bruce in the North-West is unclear but Ridgewell believes Black has the credentials to step into the breach.