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The Shoe is on the Other Foot

The shoe is on the other foot

The shoe is on the other foot is an English proverb that means that one is experiencing the same thing(s) that one caused another person to experience. For example:

Luigi always seemed to take pleasure in correcting his poor friends’ English. Now that he has enrolled in a thirty-hour, five-day crash course on advanced-level English prepositions,
the shoe is on the other foot.

In other words, the English idiom
the shoe is on the other foot means that a situation has been reversed or is now the opposite of what it was before. In the example above, Luigi was initially the expert but, later, he turned out to be the student, i.e. the one being corrected.

Now, test your knowledge of other
shoe idioms by answering the following question. Which of the following English proverbs is a slightly rude statement that you can make to confirm that a negative comment that has been made about someone else is true?

a) It’s ill waiting for dead men’s shoes.
b) For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
c) If the shoe fits, wear it.

Check your answer here.



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