fill someone's shoes

fill someone's shoes

Assume someone's position or duties, especially in a satisfactory way. For example, It'll be hard to find someone to fill her shoes when she retires, or John expects his son to fill his shoes at the store. Also see in someone's shoes.
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fill someone's shoes (or boots)

take over someone's function or duties and fulfil them satisfactorily. informal
See also: fill, shoe
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I could do every job within a store, and wasn't worried about losing people so much as I could always temporarily fill someone's shoes.