dead men's shoes

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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While the immediate plunge into scholarly arguments might initially create the false impression that Waiting for Dead Men's Shoes is simply a horribly swollen dissertation, it also underscores the fact that Chisholm's work is significant to a number of academic disciplines.
A central feature of the process was the gradual emergence and refinement of systematic promotion by selection rather than simple seniority, the original system that left officers waiting for dead men's shoes to fill.
it was, says one secretary, a case of waiting for dead men's shoes.
Promotion by seniority, waiting for dead men's shoes, is a sad blow to efficiency, for it stifles initiative and offers no incentive.
His successor, Brian Horton, who has a habit of slipping comfortably into dead men's shoes, overcame initial hostility from players and supporters and dragged his squad to safety, collecting 22 points from 18 games - equivalent to 56 over a whole season, which, coincidentally, is the same total past experience suggests we should expect now from a First Division team with the Valiants' final tally of 47.
There is a danger that any alternative second chamber would be nothing but a giant quango - but better a quango of the living than a House full of dead men's shoes.
Dead men's shoes and an order fixed for eternity among ring bookmakers have gone.
It would be great if there was some mechanism where we didn't have to wait to fill dead men's shoes before there's a vacancy," said Waddle.
It would be great if we didn't have to wait to fill dead men's shoes before there's a vacancy
All those young men that gave their lives for nothing, and still the silent trumpeter calls the young to put on dead men's shoes and join the march to insanity.
But among the second tier of council appointees much change is taking place, partly as a result of filling dead men's shoes and partly as a result of clamour from within the Tory group.
Annan Athletic are walking in dead men's shoes after entering the SFL.
Perhaps then the real point about the reforms, and their attempt to give value to the pitches while removing the old system of standing in dead men's shoes, would have been appreciated better.
Naval Institute Press, 1991); Peter Karsten, The Naval Aristocracy: The Golden Age of Annapolis and the Emergence of Navalism (New York: Free Press, 1972); and Chisholm, Waiting for Dead Men's Shoes.