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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 (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.
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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.
See also: good, somebody, stand, stead
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Stead conceived of journalism in encyclopedic terms.
Writing in a book with elaborate running heads, Stead was using similar techniques to break up its otherwise linear text.
Stead claimed that his interest in archives dated from his time in prison, but from the start of his career his characteristic mode of working--surveying the press, excerpting relevant material--show that his archival imagination was integral to his journalism (Harper 65; Nicholson 11-12).
Stead had practised automatic writing since 1892 and, from 1893, was in regular contact with the journalist Julia Ames, who had died in 1891.
Stead began his half-yearly index to the Pall Mall Gazette in 1884.
However, as the Review selected only the "best that is said on all sides of all questions in the magazines and reviews of the current month" it was explicitly selective, remembering only what Stead thought worth remembering ("the best") from a delimited portion of the press ("magazines and reviews") and in an allotted period of time ("the current month") ("Programme" 14).
Yet Stead knew that there were few who bound periodicals, "hardly one percent," and binding was of little use when there were so many to read ("Preface" 6).
Stead, though, had difficulty publishing the Review of Reviews promptly (he blamed his large circulation), and so from 1895 until 1897 he published the index separately (Brake, Print 76-77; Brake, "Stead Alone" 91).
Stead wanted to make the past, in all its complexity, recoverable, but to do this it had to be transformed from a record of a moment into a searchable database of fact.
Like his serial publications, these archival projects provided a virtual body, a place from which Stead could speak, over and over again, but they also had to find their own space on the shelves, subject to other archival practices (or, in Derrida's terms, the archival practices of an other).
Stead wrote the interview while on a train from Dover, asking Lady Brooke questions and then letting his hand answer.
Stead longed for simultaneity, for unmediated contact in the moment.
Stead and Participatory Reader Networks" Victorian Periodicals Review 48 (2015): 15-41.
Characters of Blood and Flame': Stead and the Tabloid Campaign" W.