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wait for dead men's shoes

To await one's inheritance (and thus anticipate another's death). Not that I'm waiting for dead men's shoes, but I'm going to get a lot of money when my grandfather dies.
See also: dead, shoe, wait
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had the misfortune to be waiting for dead men's shoes all too long.
Naval Institute Press, 1991); Peter Karsten, The Naval Aristocracy: The Golden Age of Annapolis and the Emergence of Navalism (New York: Free Press, 1972); and Chisholm, Waiting for Dead Men's Shoes.
While the immediate plunge into scholarly arguments might initially create the false impression that Waiting for Dead Men's Shoes is simply a horribly swollen dissertation, it also underscores the fact that Chisholm's work is significant to a number of academic disciplines.
A central feature of the process was the gradual emergence and refinement of systematic promotion by selection rather than simple seniority, the original system that left officers waiting for dead men's shoes to fill.
it was, says one secretary, a case of waiting for dead men's shoes.
Promotion by seniority, waiting for dead men's shoes, is a sad blow to efficiency, for it stifles initiative and offers no incentive.