take somebody's place
take (someone's or something's) place
To substitute for someone or something; to stand in someone's or something's stead. It was decided that I would take my sister's place as the head of the company. Due to a scheduling conflict for the professor, the course on modernism has been canceled. I guess that course on 19th-century British Literature will have to take its place.
take (someone's or something's) pulse
1. Literally, to measure the heart rate of a person or animal in order to determine if they are alive or in good health. The doctor tried to take the poor man's pulse but declared him dead on the spot. She's taking the dog's pulse to see if he needs to go to the vet.
2. By extension, to gauge, measure, or get a sense of how well someone or something is performing, thriving, managing, coping, etc. We try to take our employees' pulse at the start of every year to see gauge the level of their morale. The analysis promises to take the economy's pulse and give clear predictions of the market's ability to grow over the next few years.