One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Be (or put oneself) in another person's situation or predicament.‘if I'd been in your shoes I'd have walked out on him’
situation, position, circumstances, conditionView synonyms
- ‘I think that is probably how I would react if I were in their shoes.’
- ‘If you were in their shoes wouldn't you have been already celebrating a semi-final place.’
- ‘He was upset about the pictures of prisoners of war aired on television and added that he would be scared if he were in their shoes.’
- ‘What other conclusion would you come to, if you were in my shoes?’
- ‘Yes, I know that sounds strange and mildly racist, but until you've been in my shoes for that situation, you just don't know.’
- ‘If you put yourself in my shoes for a moment, you will understand my situation.’
- ‘People aren't happy to hear me say that, but if they were in my shoes, looking at the whole picture, they'd feel the same way.’
- ‘This is your life, and this is your body, but I've thought about this, nothing else, for the last two weeks, and what I came to was that if I were in your shoes, I would do exactly the same thing.’
- ‘Which leads me to my second, and more confrontational, suggestion - one which I, frankly, would would be unable to resist if I were in your shoes.’
- ‘I can't say I've been in your shoes, or know anybody in quite the same situation.’
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