The English idiom show a clean pair of heels, has nothing to do with shoes!
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In English when we want to say someone went faster than the rest in a race we can use the idiom show a clean pair of heels.
“In the 10K at the Olympics the British runner Mo Farah showed the rest of the runners a clean pair of heels.”
In this sentence the speaker is telling us that Mo Farrah was the fastest.
“The All Blacks showed Australia a clean pair of heels when they won the game 48 – 7”
In the sentence the speaker is telling us that the New Zealand rugby team were better than the Australian rugby team.
However while the idiom show a clean pair of heels is a sporting idiom it can be used in to describe the result in almost any competitive situation.
“In this month’s sales figures are out and John has shown a clean pair of heels to the rest of the sales team.”
In this example the speaker tells us that John is the best sales person this month.
Remember to show a clean pair of heels is used to express when someone is better than the rest in competitive situations.
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Text Feargal 2nd September 2016
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