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 for To stand in the gap
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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              Miseries ensued by the opening of that gap.
                                                    --Knolles.
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              It would make a great gap in your own honor. --Shak.
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     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.
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