steal someone's thunder

steal someone's thunder
steal someone's thunder
1. To make use of another's invention against him or her (as when John Dennis's stage thunder was used in a rival's play)
2. To rob someone of the opportunity of achieving a sensational effect by forestalling him or her
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Main Entry:steal
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steal someone's thunder see under ↑steal1
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Main Entry:thunder

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steal someone’s thunder phrase
to get attention and praise for doing something that someone else had planned to do

Senator Johnson accused the President of stealing his thunder on the tax issue.

Thesaurus: to do something before someone elsesynonym
Main entry: steal

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I
win praise for oneself by preempting someone else's attempt to impress
II
see steal

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steal someone's thunder — see thunder, 1
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Main Entry:steal
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steal someone's thunder
: to prevent someone from having success or getting a lot of attention, praise, etc., by doing or saying whatever that person was planning to do or say

I didn't mean to steal your thunder, but I just had to tell your mom about your promotion.

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Main Entry:thunder

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