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steal a march over (someone or something)

To gain an unexpected or surreptitious advantage over someone or something, as by accomplishing something before, or better than, someone else. The retail business managed to steal a march over its competitors by signing an exclusive export agreement with Europe. John and I were both trying to win Courtney's heart, but he stole a march over me when he managed to get tickets to see Courtney's favorite band.
See also: march, over, steal

steal a march upon (someone or something)

To gain an unexpected or surreptitious advantage over someone or something, as by accomplishing something before, or better than, someone else. The retail business managed to steal a march upon its competitors by signing an exclusive export agreement with Europe. John and I were both trying to win Courtney's heart, but he stole a march upon me when he managed to get tickets to see Courtney's favorite band.
See also: march, steal, upon

steal the march over (someone or something)

To gain an unexpected or surreptitious advantage over someone or something, as by accomplishing something before, or better than, someone else. The retail business managed to steal the march over its competitors by signing an exclusive export agreement with Europe. John and I were both trying to win Courtney's heart, but he stole the march over me when he managed to get tickets to see Courtney's favorite band.
See also: march, over, steal

steal the march upon (someone or something)

To gain an unexpected or surreptitious advantage over someone or something, as by accomplishing something before, or better than, someone else. The retail business managed to steal the march upon its competitors by signing an exclusive export agreement with Europe. John and I were both trying to win Courtney's heart, but he stole the march upon me when he managed to get tickets to see Courtney's favorite band.
See also: march, steal, upon

steal the march on (someone or something)

To gain an unexpected or surreptitious advantage over someone or something, as by accomplishing something before, or better than, someone else. The retail business managed to steal the march on its competitors by signing an exclusive export agreement with Europe. John and I were both trying to win Courtney's heart, but he stole the march on me when he managed to get tickets to see Courtney's favorite band.
See also: march, on, steal

steal a march on (someone or something)

To gain an unexpected or surreptitious advantage over someone or something, as by accomplishing something before, or better than, someone else. The retail business managed to steal a march on its competitors by signing an exclusive export agreement with Europe. John and I were both trying to win Courtney's heart, but he stole a march on me when he managed to get tickets to Courtney's favorite band.
See also: march, on, steal

steal the show

To become the focus of attention. I'm sorry, I was trying to listen to your speech, but your adorable little sister stole the show when she came prancing out here.
See also: show, steal

steal the show

Also, steal the spotlight. Be the center of attention, as in The speeches were interesting but Eliza's singing stole the show. This idiom alludes to unexpectedly outshining the rest of the cast in a theatrical production. [First half of 1900s]
See also: show, steal

steal the show

COMMON If someone or something in a show or other event steals the show, they are more impressive or amusing than anyone or anything else and, as a result, get more attention or praise. All three singers gave impressive performances but it was Domingo who stole the show. It's Jack Lemmon who finally steals the show, turning in his finest performance in years. Note: You can describe someone or something that gets more attention than other people or things as a show-stealer. The show-stealer at Citywalk, however, isn't some Hollywood megastar, but a giant gorilla that hangs like King Kong from the front of the store.
See also: show, steal

steal the show

attract the most attention and praise.
See also: show, steal

like the ˌcat that got, stole, etc. the ˈcream

very pleased or satisfied with yourself: Ever since she won that prize, she’s been like the cat that got the cream.
See also: cat, cream, like, that

steal the ˈshow

attract more attention and praise than other people in a particular situation: Actors don’t like working with animals because they often steal the show.
See also: show, steal
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He said the shawls are of many sizes and stoles are also shawls, but come in smaller sizes.
But as it is shawl only the VAT can not be applied on it," he said, and added that the stoles are too popular with the school and college girls and is manufactured under small scale industry and is already bracketed as VAT free.
He said the Enforcement Wing of the Department must be duly informed that the shawl can not be differentiated from the stole so that the manufacturers and the traders are not harassed unnecessarily and the stoles are not detained because they are nothing but small sized shawl.
7 -- Gilliam Anderson of ``X-Files'' wore a jpale silvery-satin gown and a velvet stole by Gucci.
4--Color) The classic mink stole gets a hip, young attitude by Dolce & Gabbana for Saga Furs.
7) Sophia Loren's dark mink stole is making a fashionable comeback for spring '97.
Best Supporting Actress nominee Kate Winslet ("Sense and Sensibility") was stunning in an Empire-style gown with matching hot-pink stole by British designer Vivian Westwood, but she was almost upstaged by a little pink pig purse carried by "Babe" star Christine Cavanaugh.
Standouts included Laura Dern, who almost fell out of her low-cut sea-foam green gown by Richard Tyler; supermodel Claudia Schiffer in a two-tone gold Valentino gown; Christine Lahti in a pink mermaid silhouette; Mare Winningham in a lime-green Vera Wang halter dress; Elisabeth Shue in ivory by Felicia Farrar; Joan Allen in a frosty green gown by Timothy Dunleavy; and "Clueless" star Alicia Silverstone, who wore an icy blue Vera Wang design with a tulle stole - a major fashion item this year.
3--color) Best Supporting Actress nominee Mare Winningham set the fashion pace in lime-green satin by Vera Wang - with matching purse, shoes and stole.