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    have sb wrapped around your finger and 'shit on sby's head also to replace/ substitu'

    What do you say when someone has sb wrapped around their finger and overuses this advantage in Poland we say ' shit on sb head' is there any idiom in English? Second question: when a teacher or any worker is ill the other person will rather replace them / substitute for them / or there is no difference between the two? Fill in for sb would be rather informal?

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    Re: have sb wrapped around your finger and 'shit on sby's head also to replace/ subst

    Quote Originally Posted by magdalena View Post
    What do you say when someone has sb wrapped around their finger and overuses this advantage in Poland we say ' shit on sb head' is there any idiom in English? Second question: when a teacher or any worker is ill the other person will rather replace them / substitute for them / or there is no difference between the two? Fill in for sb would be rather informal?
    Interesting questions. OK, the easy one first (the second one): "to replace sb" has a more permanent connotation than "to substitute for sb". In the context of covering for someone who is ill (a temporary state), it would be better to add a timeframe to "to replace" to avoid any misunderstanding, e.g. to replace sb for a week. With "to substitute for sb", the temporary nature is already understood. Yes, "to fill in for sb" is a bit more informal but still perfectly acceptable in most everyday situations.

    As for the first question, I can't immediately think of a direct equivalent. Maybe something like "tightening the screws"? Maybe someone else can think of a better one...

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