dead men's shoes

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dead men's shoes

A position or entitlement that will only be achieved by someone's death. Derived from the proverb, "It's ill waiting for dead men's shoes." Dead men's shoes are about the only high-paying positions one can hope for in these tough economic times.
See also: dead, shoe
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In 2004, he co-wrote Meadows' film Dead Man's Shoes, and Ron Howard cast him opposite Russell Crowe in period boxing epic Cinderella Man.
In 2004, he co-wrote Meadows's film Dead Man's Shoes, and Ron Howard cast Now BBC Two, 9.
He wrote the song Dead Man's Shoes, about his wife and her Made in Chelsea backstory.
He co-wrote Dead Man's Shoes with Meadows in 2004 and, in 2011, wrote and directed the multi award-winning domestic violence drama Tyrannosaur, starring Olivia Colman.
Gary Locke felt nothing but guilt as he led Hearts out in last year's League Cup Final, walking in a dead man's shoes up the Hampden tunnel.
It also stars seven-year-old newcomer Mercy Gaiger alongside This Is England/ Dead Man's Shoes actor George Newton.
Cornily contrived set-up in a moronic spin-thebottle variation on Shane Meadows' immaculate Dead Man's Shoes.
Soon after moved to Hollywood to act; BIFA nominated Dead Man's Shoes, Freebird, Oliver Stone's Alexander and Savages, The Heavy, The Pugilists Son.
com/EagleAndCampbell Scott Peden - The Complete and Utter Confidence of Ignorance IT'S only been three years since he picked up the guitar but the River City actor releases an album that includes Dead Man's Shoes, which will appear in the new film The Wee Man.
The cast list includes Waking The Dead's Wil Johnson, star of Dead Man's Shoes Stuart Wolfenden and newcomer Gemma Nichols.
There can sometimes be something unpleasant about a promotion from within, like slipping into a dead man's shoes while his body still swings by its neck from the gallows, but nobody can blame Tait for accepting the chance to replace Bates this week.
Tonight they are playing the weekly Shine Like Stars gig at the Ku Bar in Stockton, where support comes from DEAD MAN'S SHOES and KINFAUNS.
I suppose I had always found the idea of having human hair from another's head macabre, not dead man's shoes but dead man's hair.
Meadows, behind hit films Dead Man's Shoes and This Is England, has lined up Hot Fuzz star Paddy Considine for the lead part.
Meadows was last nominated in 2005 for Dead Man's Shoes and joked that he had decided against getting in shape for his red carpet moment.