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[fil-in] /ˈfɪlˌɪn/
a person or thing that fills in, as a substitute, replacement, or insertion:
The company used a fill-in for workers on vacation.
a brief, informative summary; a rundown.
Origin of fill-in
1915-20; noun use of verb phrase fill in Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for fill-in
  • It is appropriate, however, to omit random words in a cover letter and leave a fill-in-the-blank instead.
  • Below you'll find a list of fill-in-the-blank questions that should help get you started.
  • Then she gave the subjects a series of cognitive tasks that included fill-in-the-blank exercises.
  • But it also has its share of observational puzzles and word fill-in puzzles to trick solvers too.
  • fill-in-the-bubble forms are used in tests and in elections, among other settings.
Slang definitions & phrases for fill-in


  1. A summary account; information meant to supply what one does not know: A friend gives me a fill-in on how Costello is running the country (1945+)
  2. A substitute, esp a substitute worker: Get a fill-in, I gotta split (1920s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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