have big shoes to fill

(idiom) to have to meet high expectations about something that came before

Example Sentences:

Our new teacher has big shoes to fill, because our old teacher was so great!

A: I heard you have a new girlfriend, that’s great!
B: Yeah, but I have big shoes to fill.
A: Why is that?
B: Her last boyfriend was rich and famous, and I’m just a regular guy!

Samantha’s older sister went to Harvard, graduated with honours, and now has a successful career. Samantha has big shoes to fill!

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