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fill someone's shoes

fill someone's shoes

Date: May 12 2011

Themes: Romance


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

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“No one is going to try to fill my mother’s shoes, what she did was fantastic. It’s about making your own future and your own destiny and Kate will do a very good job of that.”

- Prince William talking about his new bride. (ABC News)


1. Definition - Study the definition.

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take someone’s place

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

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When Prince William married Kate Middleton last week, the whole world was watching. Every detail of the wedding was noted, from Kate’s gown to her engagement ring, which was the same ring worn by William’s mother, Princess Diana.

But did anyone notice Kate’s shoes?

When Prince William said no one was going to try to fill his mother’s shoes, he wasn’t actually talking about footwear. He meant that Kate won’t try to take his mother’s place. She won’t be exactly like Princess Diana. She’ll be her own person and create her own identity as a princess.

If someone retires and you take over his job, you’ll have to try to fill his shoes. If a woman marries a man whose mother always took care of him, she might feel like she has to fill her mother-in-law’s shoes. Or if you become the new roommate in a house full of people, you might be expected to fill the shoes of the person who last lived in your room.
Shoes are a pretty personal thing. People don’t often share them. And filling someone’s shoes isn’t easy, especially if that someone was a famous and adored princess. Luckily, Kate Middleton has some pretty nice shoes of her own. She might not be exactly like Diana, but like Prince William says, she’ll still do a very good job.

Do you think Kate Middleton will make a good princess? Have you ever tried to fill someone’s shoes?


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

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“Jenny’s mother was so admired and respected, it will be hard for Jenny to fill those shoes.”

“The woman who had my job before me was a really hard worker. I hope I can fill her shoes.”

“You don’t have to fill your dad’s shoes. You just need to be your own person.”


1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

Assume someone's position or duties, especially in a satisfactory way
by sepideh_saied
sofree take over my mother's position
by sofree
bienemaja to be a substitute, to fill the place of someone absent
by bienemaja
To fill someone's shoes is to emitate his character and be in hs place
by mr_sharief
to do the duties that his mother used to do
by Bitten by an Arab bug
R_P Take someone's place
by R_P
Cvetlana to take somebody's (his mother's) place
by Cvetlana
Talia Do 'fill someone's shoes' means to match or exceed the performance of a predecessor.
by Talia Do
Anrusch to do as well as the other person did in that same position... or to substitute the other person as good or even better
by Anrusch

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Saudi Arabia

Take someone’s place 

08:44 AM May 12 2011 |




take someone’s palace

08:15 AM May 12 2011 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

never…i dont fill person shoes….

maybe she will be good princess but not same diana….she is one always for ever…i loved her.

i wish them best time.and i hope that william will be king…

07:58 AM May 12 2011 |



assume that you are in his position..

05:42 AM May 12 2011 |

williamnewseasonSuper Member!

United States

Good lesson!

05:03 AM May 12 2011 |




Best wishes to their future.

04:56 AM May 12 2011 |




In my opinion,”to fill someone’s shoes” means “to try one’s best to take place of”.

04:54 AM May 12 2011 |




She has to.

No, I don’t like filling anyone’s shoes.

03:54 AM May 12 2011 |




today i’v learned a new slang..fill someone’s shoes .if everyone inthe world fills others’ shoes,then whoes shoes the hell did the first humanbeing fill? haha..if my assumption is wrong,everyone in the world should be himself..but it’s just a simple and theoretical logic,can’t explain and solve the problem….so just in a word,be urself and skilled in learning

02:48 AM May 12 2011 |




I think,She will make a good princess and them spend life of all happiness together.
For fill someone’s shoes , I never to try it.  I create of my own look like.

02:33 AM May 12 2011 |

siberian tigger


It means that someone has to look like another person. In addition, that person would have the same filings and so far.


Have a nice for everyone

02:08 AM May 12 2011 |

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