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model someone on someoneand model something on something
to use something as a pattern for something; to use someone as a pattern for someone. I will model my house on the house we saw in the Mediterranean. She tried to model herself on her mother.
To form, develop, or found something on the basis of something else: The architect modeled the plans for the new school on a beautiful old building.