put (oneself) in (someone's) shoes

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put (oneself) in (someone's) shoes

To imagine oneself in the situation or circumstances of another person, so as to understand or empathize with their perspective, opinion, or point of view. Before being quick to judge someone for their actions, you should always try to put yourself in their shoes. Everyone is human, after all. Put yourself in my shoes and then tell me what you would have done, Dan! It isn't as straightforward as you're making it seem!
See also: put, shoe
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put yourself in somebody’s shoes/place

consider what you would do or feel if you were in the position of somebody else: Put yourself in his shoes! If your mother had just died, how would you feel?
See also: place, put, shoe
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