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Idioms with shoes

Idioms are a very useful aspect of language to both learn and to use, especially in the IELTS speaking test. Learn some shoe-related idioms in this activity.

In class this week, we prepared for a Ted Talk on investing in trainers by learning some idioms that use the word shoe.

Idioms are a very useful aspect of language to both learn and to use. You will often come across idioms when reading and in conversations. Also, if you are taking IELTS they are very good to use in the speaking part of the test as they are one of the things that the examiner is looking for when they assess you.

Match the shoe idioms with their definitions.

Idiom Definition
1. This chair is as comfortable as an old shoe A. When someone has a poor, shabby appearance

2. She is as tough as old boots

B. When you take over someone's function or duties
3. The wedding had to organised on a shoestring C. When the power circumstances have reversed
4. I saw John and he seemed to be very  down at heel D. When something is cosy and snug like a bed, a jumper etc.
5. It is never easy to fill someone’s shoes at work. E. When somebody is very strong and resolute
6. He used to be my boss but now I head the department the shoe is on the other foot F. When the budget is very limited and you have to be careful about spending money
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Answers

Idiom Definition
1. This chair is as comfortable as an old shoe D. When something is cosy and snug like a bed, a jumper etc.

2. She is as tough as old boots

E. When somebody is very strong and resolute
3. The wedding had to organised on a shoestring F. When the budget is very limited and you have to be careful about spending money
4. I saw John and he seemed to be very  down at heel A. When someone has a poor, shabby appearance
5. It is never easy to fill someone’s shoes at work. B. When you take over someone's function or duties
6. He used to be my boss but now I head the department the shoe is on the other foot C. When the power circumstances have reversed

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