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2005.09.22(Review of 2004.09.17 edition)

Here's another colorful idiomatic expression to add to your growing collection of business English “Master Works”!

Today's LessonCATEGORY: イディオム
FILL SOMEONE'S SHOES   〜の後を引き継ぐ

Explanation

  • To fill someone's shoes is to take over their job, position, or other tasks; especially, to be able to do as well as the person who came before.
  • fill someone's shoes は、誰かの職務、地位、または他の仕事を引き継ぐ、という意味です。特に、前任者と同じくらいうまくやることができるというニュアンスを含む場合が多いです。

examples

  1. My predecessor was a brilliant leader, earning the respect of everyone in the company. It will be hard to fill his shoes.
  2. (to an executive announcing his resignation)
    You can't resign. No one could possibly fill your shoes.
  3. (supervisor to an employee)
    a: Terry is going to be on maternity leave for a few months. Do you think you can fill her shoes while she's away?
    b: I'll do my best.

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