step into (someone's) boots

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step into (someone's) boots

To fill someone's position, especially one of power or authority. I don't know who they're getting to step into Davidson's boots, but I doubt they'll be anywhere near as good a manager as he was. I tell you, I wouldn't want to step into her boots. Sure, the pay would be better, but I don't want all that stress!
See also: boot, step

step into someone's boots

mainly BRITISH
In sport, if you take over from another person who has been injured or who has given up their position, you step into their boots. Michael Kinane, the leading Irish jockey, has turned down the chance to step into Steve Cauthen's boots and ride for Sheikh Mohammed next season. Note: You can say that someone fills another person's boots if they are as successful as them. It is sad that he's gone, but if ever there was a man to fill his boots, it's Kevin Keegan. Compare with step into someone's shoes.
See also: boot, step
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While Bony was scoring his first goal for Manchester City since his big move from Swansea, Gomis stepped into his boots with the winner at Villa Park.
He headed back downstairs, grabbed his jacket, stepped into his boots, shut the front door and set off down the hill.
But Simon has stepped into his boots and impressed us all.
When Craig Shakespeare was promoted to reserves coach in 2006 he stepped into his boots as under-18s coach for two seasons, and when Shakespeare departed last summer to join Leicester City as assistant manager, Appleton took on the dual role of reserves and academy under-18s coach.
Those still mourning the loss of their hero are quick to direct their anger at the man who has stepped into his boots.
While the real Santa is still wrapping presents for his big day on Thursday, Bob has temporarily stepped into his boots. He said: "Anything I can do to make them forget about the pain they're in is good.
Kieren Fallon has stepped into his boots as no.1 with Sir Michael Stoute, but others are keen to employ him.