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hold (someone) in good stead

Especially of a talent, ability, or experience, to prove particularly useful or beneficial to someone in the future. Janet is hoping her internship working in IT will hold her in good stead when she looks for a job after college.
See also: good, hold, stead

in (someone's or something's) stead

As the representative of someone or something; in place of someone or something. (Typically used in slightly more formal language.) The boss isn't here at the moment, but I'd be happy to sign for the package in her stead. My horse was stolen, so I am forced to ride this donkey in its stead.
See also: stead

stand (one) in good stead

Especially of a talent, ability, or experience, to prove particularly useful or beneficial to one in the future. Janet is hoping her internship working in IT will stand her in good stead when she looks for a job after college.
See also: good, stand, stead
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

stand someone in good stead

[for something] to be of great use and benefit to someone. I know that my large vocabulary will always stand me in good stead at college. Any experience you can get in dealing with the public will stand you in good stead no matter what line of work you go into.
See also: good, stand, stead
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

in someone's shoes

Also, in someone else's shoes; in someone's place or stead . Acting for another person or experiencing something as another person might; in another's position or situation. For example, If you were in my shoes, would you ask the new secretary for a date? or In your shoes I wouldn't accept the offer, or Can you go to the theater in my place? or He was speaking in her stead. The idioms alluding to shoes, with their image of stepping into someone's shoes, date from about 1700 and are generally used in a conditional clause beginning with if. Stead, dating from the 1300s, and place, from the 1500s, are used more loosely. Also see fill someone's shoes; put someone in his or her place; take someone's place.
See also: shoe

instead of

Also, in lieu of; in place of; in someone's stead. In substitution for, rather than. For example, She wore a dress instead of slacks, or They had a soprano in lieu of a tenor, or In place of soft drinks they served fruit juice, or The chairman spoke in her stead. Instead of dates from about 1200; in lieu of, which borrows lieu, meaning "place," from French, dates from the late 1200s; in place of dates from the 1500s; and in someone's stead from the 1200s. Also see under in someone's shoes.
See also: instead, of

stand in good stead

Be extremely useful, as in That umbrella stood me in good stead on our trip; it rained every day. [c. 1300]
See also: good, stand, stead
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

in someone's shoes

COMMON If you talk about being in someone's shoes, you are describing how you would feel or act if you were in the same situation as them. Stop and think how you would feel if you were in his shoes. If I were in her shoes, I'd probably want an explanation. If you were in his shoes what would you do? Note: You can also say that you wouldn't like to be in someone's shoes, meaning that you would not like to be in the same situation as them. I wouldn't like to be in Bryce's shoes when Kathy finds out what he's done.
See also: shoe
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

stand someone in good stead

(of something learned or acquired) be advantageous or useful to someone over time or in the future.
See also: good, someone, stand, stead
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

in somebody’s/something’s ˈstead

(formal) instead of somebody/something: Foxton was dismissed and John Smith was appointed in his stead.
See also: stead

stand somebody in good ˈstead

be useful to somebody: Learning German will stand her in good stead when she goes to work in the export department.
See also: good, somebody, stand, stead
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The proliferation of supplements and their subsequent consolidation was characteristic of Stead's method, initiating projects and then subjecting them to bibliographic control.
STEAD THE SAVIOUR: Bristol City's Jon Stead shows his delight after his late winner
A footnote Stead, 62, added reads: "This is exactly what will take place if liners are sent to sea short of boats."
Part-time judge Recorder Ian Murphy QC said Stead, who had gone to the city centre from his home in Mountain Ash, must have been feeling a pang of conscience about what he had just done.
Stead also notes that, since IHS' initial public offering in November 2005, the company has scored the third-highest return to shareholders among all IPO offerings worldwide with a starting market capitalization of $1 billion or more.
Eckley's work is the culmination of many years of interest, sparked by Stead's apparent influence on James Joyce.
Palace boss Neil Warnock, who had some sympathy for Stead, said: "I expected it to be red but I didn't really think it should have been.
It was not until the mid 1960s that Stead's luck began to turn.
Stead has been announced as a confirmed starter in a powerful-looking Swindon team which also includes Leigh Adams, Troy Batchelor and Jurica Pavlic.
Stead lunged at Officer Elias Baez with a pocket knife .
The 25 stores comprise all the factory outlet units operated by Stead & Simpson and provide Jacobson Ventures with the opportunity to operate a selective number of retail outlets that will not compete with its existing trade customers.
Ms Stead said: "The response so far has been fantastic, at the opening at least 60 people came and our guestbook has been full of positive feedback.
Stead's last goal was for Rovers in a 2-1 defeat at Birmingham in April and Bet365 go 9-4 that the out-of-form hitman goes through the entire campaign without notching.
Stead, M.D., told a meeting on high-risk emergency medicine.