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    Smile it has big shoes, Manolo, of course to fill

    And it has big shoes, Manolo, of course to fill. The devotees (have) already reserved group tickets for the Sex and the City movie which hits theaters today.

    It is from the AP news. I can't understand the overstriking sentence. Does it mean that there are many shoes showed in the movie? Or the four actresses will wear many shoes of Manolo in the movie? What does 'big' mean? Thank you.

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    Default Re: it has big shoes, Manolo, of course to fill

    Well, lovely Cindy, more context would be helpful, but:
    If somebody has big shoes to fill it means they are following in the footsteps of somebody who has set high standards - standards that might be difficult to meet.

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    Default Re: it has big shoes, Manolo, of course to fill

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    Well, lovely Cindy, more context would be helpful, but:
    If somebody has big shoes to fill it means they are following in the footsteps of somebody who has set high standards - standards that might be difficult to meet.
    And it has big shoes, Manolo, of course to fill. The devotees (have) already reserved group tickets for the Sex and the City movie which hits theaters today. The flick picks up where the cult-favorite show left off four years ago.

    That's all the news---the AP news minute(It has three or four pieces of news in a one-minute-long news video), just three sentences.

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    Default Re: it has big shoes, Manolo, of course to fill

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    If somebody has big shoes to fill it means they are following in the footsteps of somebody who has set high standards - standards that might be difficult to meet.
    Thank you for your quick and useful reply. I think I can understand the sentence now. But I still don't know what the relationship is between Manolo and the movie?

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    Default Re: it has big shoes, Manolo, of course to fill

    Quote Originally Posted by lovecindy View Post
    And it has big shoes, Manolo, of course to fill.
    Cindy, the word it refers to the new movie coming out, and Manolo (Blahnik) is the name of a designer (Carrie in the show likes that brand):
    The movie has big shoes, Manolo, to fill, of course.

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    Default Re: it has big shoes, Manolo, of course to fill

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    Cindy, the word it refers to the new movie coming out, and Manolo (Blahnik) is the name of a designer (Carrie in the show likes that brand):
    The movie has big shoes, Manolo, to fill, of course.
    Thank you for your help, but could you please give the explanation of the meaning to me, using another sentence? I can't fully understand the meaning. 'To fill', what does it exactly mean? Does it mean just like what I mentioned in my first thread?

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    Default Re: it has big shoes, Manolo, of course to fill

    If somebody has big shoes to fill it means they are following in the footsteps of somebody who has set high standards - standards that might be difficult to meet.
    Cindy, put together both answers and you have it.

    "Somebody has big shoes to fill" is an idiom.

    In Ron Bee's explanation, "somebody" is the movie, as Soup said, and "the one who has set high standards" is the TV series (this is mine).

    Shoes made by a well-known Spanish shoe maker, Manolo Blahnik, are known all over the world as Manolos. They are fashionable and very expensive.

    Now, and (this is a linguistical joke) these shoes are Manolos.

    Easy as pie .

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    Default Re: it has big shoes, Manolo, of course to fill

    Quote Originally Posted by Kraken View Post
    Cindy, put together both answers and you have it.

    "Somebody has big shoes to fill" is an idiom.

    In Ron Bee's explanation, "somebody" is the movie, as Soup said, and "the one who has set high standards" is the TV series (this is mine).

    Shoes made by a well-known Spanish shoe maker, Manolo Blahnik, are known all over the world as Manolos. They are fashionable and very expensive.

    Now, and (this is a linguistical joke) these shoes are Manolos.

    Easy as pie .
    Thanks to you and Soup I now know what Manolos are. (I am not surprised that Cindy had some confusion about that. I have never watched the show, and I didn't know anything about Manolos.)




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    "big shoes to fill"
    It's a common enough expression. For example, if you are an employee of a company and you are replacing a well-respected person who has either been promoted or has left the company, somebody might say, "You have some big shoes to fill."



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    Default Re: it has big shoes, Manolo, of course to fill

    Thank you all for your help. Now I understand it. Thank you very much.

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    Default Re: it has big shoes, Manolo, of course to fill

    Quote Originally Posted by lovecindy View Post
    Thank you for your quick and useful reply. I think I can understand the sentence now. But I still don't know what the relationship is between Manolo and the movie?
    Having never seen even a single episode, I am talking only from the standpoint of what I have read, but one of the characters has an obsession with designer shoes. That would be the Manolo reference.

    Matt

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