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measure the drapes

To begin planning or preparing to replace someone in a job or position before one has actually secured the role, especially during a political election. The senator has been criticized for measuring the drapes in the Oval Office with a month still to go before the votes will be tallied.
See also: drape, measure
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As John Liu measures the drapes for his new offices at 1 Centre Street in Lower Manhattan, there is quiet consternation within the real estate community that a key source of financing could be in jeopardy when Liu takes over as city comptroller in January.