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Large list of clothes idioms about shoes and their meanings

How each idioms is listed

There are 3 parts for each idiom the first part is what the idiom is, then there is an explanation of what the idiom means and the last part is an example of how to use it in a sentence.

How to use the list of clothes idioms A to Z?

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Clothes idioms about sleeves

as comfortable as an old shoe

- very comfortable, very familiar

I felt as comfortable as an old shoe when I entered my aunt's house.

as common as an old shoe

- low class, badly mannered

The young woman is as common as an old shoe.


- to be shabby, to be poorly dressed

The man looked down-at-the-heels after he was fired from his job.

fill (someone`s) shoes or fill the shoes of (someone)

- to take the place of someone else and do as well as he or she would do

It will be difficult for the woman to fill the shoes of the previous supervisor.

get along on a shoestring

- to manage with very little money

I had to get along on a shoestring during university.

if the shoe fits wear it

- if what is being said in general describes you then it probably means you

You should not criticize others for something that you would do yourself. Remember, if the shoe fits wear it.

in (someone`s) shoes

- in another person's place or position

I would not like to be in my cousin's shoes now that he has lost his job.

on a shoestring

- on a very low budget, with very little money

We went to Europe on a shoestring and we enjoyed it very much.

shoe is on the other foot

- the opposite is true, places are changed

For a long time my friend laughed at my problems at work. Now, the shoe is on the other foot and he also has serious problems.

step into (someone's) shoes

- to take over a job or other role from someone

I will have to step into my supervisor's shoes while he is away on vacation.

wait for the other shoe to drop

- to wait for something bad to happen, to wait for something to happen after already knowing that something is going to happen

Our company announced that many people will lose their jobs. We are waiting for the other shoe to drop in order to learn more details of this announcement.

Lessons that are related to the exercise

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Idioms human body English lesson

A to Z Idioms - list English phrases

Small List of idioms A - Z English phrases

Dictionary and how to use dictionaries

Click on the following link for the Online English dictionary - English lesson

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