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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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]
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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.
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stand someone in good stead

(of something learned or acquired) be advantageous or useful to someone over time or in the future.
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in somebody’s/something’s ˈstead

(formal) instead of somebody/something: Foxton was dismissed and John Smith was appointed in his stead.
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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.
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Jerre Stead has had a long career leading high-tech and information companies.
The move means Stead, a former England Under-21 international, could feature against the Terriers when the two teams meet in the League Cup first round on August 11.
Despite the different periodicities of his newspaper and magazine, Stead was committed to coining the moment, justifying the relevance of his publications through the way they embodied the concerns of the day.
HYM kicked the ball long which Wirral gathered and looked to control only for them to give away a penalty which the reliable Stead converted to level.
Stead, from Mackworth, Derbys, was warned he will be jailed when his case was adjourned until June 21 for sentence at Derby Crown Court on Friday.
Stead said: "Steve likes to come short and link the play, while I am happy to run the channels and stretch the opposition back four.
Stead broke on to a header from fellow substitute Steve Davies and took his time before beatingeiret Loach with a low left-footed shot from 10 yards.
Stead wrote How the Mail Steamer went down in the Atlantic.
Now the site owners, Care Developments Ltd (CDL), have drawn up plans to flatten the vandalised Stead and replace it with a "luxury elderly persons' care home with adjacent specialist care facilities".
If the alleged activities of some News of the World reporters acted as a catalyst for the Leveson inquiry, much of the former newspaper's raison d'etre stemmed from Stead.
Bizarrely, officers were directed there by Stead himself, the court was told.
The company asked Stead, the executive chairman, to step into the CEO role as well.
After they went back to the cruiser to check his license and registration, Stead left his vehicle and asked to be arrested.
COVENTRY'S 2008 team member Simon Stead has agreed terms on a full transfer to Swindon for next season.
Stead held on $50,000 cash bail and continued the case to Dec.