take the place of (someone or something)

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take the place of (someone or something)

To substitute for someone or something; to stand in someone's or something's stead. It was decided that I would take the place of my sister as the head of the company. Tofu can easily take the place of chicken in this dish.
See also: of, place, take
References in classic literature ?
If I were only like so many others and had studied and worked and stayed with my poor old father, I should not find myself here now, in this field and in the darkness, taking the place of a farmer's watchdog.
Yet a century later, with the advent of laser printers and image-setters, type manufacture became a craft process once again, this time with computer displays and software taking the place of physical metal parts with letters stamped into them.
The presentation of objects recurs in the other video installation, in which three young acting students ham it up in the company of two magpies in a cage and--suddenly taking the place of one actor--a live horned owl twisting its neck and looking wide-eyed around the room.