To stand in the gap
Gap Gap (g[a^]p), n. [OE. gap; cf. Icel. gap an empty space, Sw. gap mouth, breach, abyss, Dan. gab mouth, opening, AS. geap expanse; as adj., wide, spacious. See {Gape}.] 1. An opening in anything made by breaking or parting; as, a gap in a fence; an opening for a passage or entrance; an opening which implies a breach or defect; a vacant space or time; a hiatus; a mountain pass. [1913 Webster]

Miseries ensued by the opening of that gap. --Knolles. [1913 Webster]

It would make a great gap in your own honor. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. (A["e]ronautics) The vertical distance between two superposed surfaces, esp. in a biplane. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{Gap lathe} (Mach.), a turning lathe with a deep notch in the bed to admit of turning a short object of large diameter.

{To stand in the gap}, to expose one's self for the protection of something; to make defense against any assailing danger; to take the place of a fallen defender or supporter.

{To stop a gap}, to secure a weak point; to repair a defect. [1913 Webster]


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