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In the book Zom-B Bride by Darren Shine, I encounterd this sentence:

Slotting in around the forces of good and evil were a variety of other groups and individuals.

I am not completely sure what does "slotting in around" means? Is it a common expression that I haven't heard of ?

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From the context in the surrounding passage of the given book, it has the third sense given in MacMillan:

to fit well with a group of people or a way of life (The new members of the team slotted in easily.)

The complete sense of the sentence seems to be that these other groups (as mentioned in the next sentence- i.e. the Army and KKK) were fulfilling some role in this world, beyond simple good and evil.

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