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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.
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dead men's shoes

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Dead men's shoes is a situation in which people cannot make progress in their careers until someone senior to them retires or dies. We are sick of waiting to step into dead men's shoes. In those days, jobs were difficult to obtain. It was more or less dead men's shoes.
See also: dead, shoe

dead men's shoes

property or a position coveted by a prospective successor but available only on a person's death.
See also: dead, shoe
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Comedian and presenter Justin Lee Collins will also take a role, along with This Is England and Dead Man's Shoes star George Newton and rising actor Billy Cook, son of singer David Essex.
Riveting: Graham as It was at this point Meadows - who'd gone to great lengths to detail the kitchen sink minutiae of his story - switched gear to recall the feel of his 2004 film Dead Man's Shoes.
Riveting: Graham It was at this point Meadows - who'd gone to great lengths to detail the kitchen sink minutiae of his story - switched gear to recall the feel of his 2004 film Dead Man's Shoes.
"It takes the biblical, almost apocalyptic levels of revenge witnessed in Dead Man's Shoes [one of his previous films], along with the bittersweet humour from This Is England and creates a landscape like nothing else I've ever worked on."
figure By KALTUM GUYO I heard waiting for dead man's shoes' for the first time recently from a 93-year-old English friend.
I've long been a fan of the intense character actor since his early work with This Is England director Shane Meadows, namely his deranged, unforgettable turns in the likes of 1999's A Room For Romeo Brass and 2004's Dead Man's Shoes.
Topping the list of acts today are North East cover band Rivelino and popular local band, Dead Man's Shoes. Confirmed for tomorrow's line up is South Shields-born Sonny, who's making waves in the music industry after releasing his debut single, Princess, on Spotify, Soundcloud and Apple Music - and is supporting Gabrielle Aplin on her UK tour.
"At one point Will Clark, who produced Dead Man's Shoes, Four Lions and Filth, turned round to me and said, 'This is without a doubt the most difficult project I've worked on'.
In 2004, he co-wrote Meadows's film Dead Man's Shoes, and Ron Howard cast Now BBC Two, 9.15pm him opposite Russell Crowe in period boxing epic Cinderella Man.
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.
Cornily contrived set-up in a moronic spin-thebottle variation on Shane Meadows' immaculate Dead Man's Shoes. (Cert 15, 2012) *
www.facebook.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.
On a Saturday night in November, 1,200 people gathered in a converted steel mill near Sheffield to watch the Shane Meadows thriller "Dead Man's Shoes" on a giantscreen, with a live band playing the soundtrack and the director spinning discs afterwards.
And, if it happens, what will cost you relegation are not refereeing vagaries - but the fact you have won barely 25 per cent of your games since stepping into the "dead man's shoes" of Sam Allardyce.
The cast list includes Waking The Dead's Wil Johnson, star of Dead Man's Shoes Stuart Wolfenden and newcomer Gemma Nichols.