step into (someone's) boots

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step into (someone's) boots

To fill someone's position, especially one of power or authority. I don't know who they're getting to step into Davidson's boots, but I doubt they'll be anywhere near as good a manager as he was. I tell you, I wouldn't want to step into her boots. Sure, the pay would be better, but I don't want all that stress!
See also: boot, step

step into someone's boots

mainly BRITISH
In sport, if you take over from another person who has been injured or who has given up their position, you step into their boots. Michael Kinane, the leading Irish jockey, has turned down the chance to step into Steve Cauthen's boots and ride for Sheikh Mohammed next season. Note: You can say that someone fills another person's boots if they are as successful as them. It is sad that he's gone, but if ever there was a man to fill his boots, it's Kevin Keegan. Compare with step into someone's shoes.
See also: boot, step
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Tigers coach Daryl Powell has confirmed Samoa star Roberts will step into his boots in 2018 - but the player says he will bring a different approach to the role.
We have a good squad with talented players and there are several looking to be given the opportunity to step into his boots and stake a claim for the position.
The little wizard (pictured) has said he is likely to call it a day on the Test scene after the 2011 World Cup, admitting that by then it will be time for younger guys to step into his boots.
No doubt, given such leniency in the law, there are junior versions of Daniel going through school who are itching to step into his boots.
But the Hawarden-raised striker, who now dons a Newcastle shirt, vowed not to force little James Michael Owen to step into his boots.
The 18-year-old Marine in Fox Company had little time to step into his boots and begin firing at the hundreds of Chinese shadows attacking from every hillside.
And he hopes Brooklyn will one day step into his boots in the England team.
Fabian De Freitas is likely to step into his boots.
The work now starts for me to step into his boots, and only time will tell if I can do that.
and was then told he could soon step into his boots in the England team.
he reckons that despite all his problems on and off the pitch, Collymore can still step into his boots.
Abrahams added: "When Jones retires, I would love to be able to step into his boots.
Great Dane Schmeichel has recommended the Seasiders' brilliant young keeper Steve Banks as the man to step into his boots.
And Hamilton insists he now has up to six interested parties, including former chairman Mark Gutterman, wishing to step into his boots and purchase his 78 per cent majority share-holding.