Definition of shoe noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ʃuː//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃuː//
    Departments in stores
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  1. 1  one of a pair of outer coverings for your feet, usually made of leather or plastic a pair of shoes He took his shoes and socks off. What's your shoe size? a shoe brush shoe polish see also snowshoe See related entries: Departments in stores
  2. 2= horseshoe
  3. Word OriginOld English scōh (noun), scōg(e)an (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch schoen and German Schuh.Extra examples I’ve had my shoes resoled. She wore a dark blue dress with matching shoes. The shoes, though elegant, pinched her feet terribly. a sturdy pair of walking shoes to break in a new pair of shoesIdioms
    be in somebody’s shoes, put yourself in somebody’s shoes
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    to be in, or imagine that you are in, another person’s situation, especially when it is an unpleasant or difficult one I wouldn't like to be in your shoes when they find out about it. Well what would you do? Just put yourself in my shoes.
    fill somebody’s shoes/boots
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    to do somebody’s job in an acceptable way when they are not there
    if I were in your shoes
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    used to introduce a piece of advice you are giving to somebody If I were in your shoes, I'd resign immediately.
    if the shoe fits (, wear it) (North American English) (British English if the cap fits (, wear it))
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    if you feel that a remark applies to you, you should accept it and take it as a warning or criticism
    (informal) to be very frightened or nervous See related entries: Fear
    the shoe is on the other foot (North American English) (British English the boot is on the other foot)
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    used to say that a situation has changed so that somebody now has power or authority over the person who used to have power or authority over them
    step into somebody’s shoes
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    to continue a job or the work that somebody else has started She stepped into her father’s shoes when he retired.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: shoe