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steal (one's) thunder
1. To divert attention or praise away from someone else or their accomplishments and toward oneself. My brother is the star athlete of our high school, so no matter what I succeed in, he's constantly stealing my thunder.
2. To steal someone's idea, plan, or patent and use it for one's own advantage. We had the idea for "digital paper" years ago, but I see they've stolen our thunder and have their own version of it on the market.
steal someone's thunder
Fig. to lessen someone's force or authority. What do you mean by coming in here and stealing my thunder? I'm in charge here! someone stole my thunder by leaking my announcement to the press.
steal (someone's) thunder
To use, appropriate, or preempt the use of another's idea, especially to one's own advantage and without consent by the originator.