take a leaf out of somebody's book

take a leaf out of (one's) book

To do something in the way someone else would do it; to behave or act like someone else. I think I'm going to take a leaf out of your book and start going for a run first thing in the morning.
See also: book, leaf, of, out, take

take a leaf out of somebody’s ˈbook

follow somebody’s example because you admire them and their way of doing something: If you’re having difficulty with the children, take a leaf out of Sandra’s book. She knows how to control them.
Leaf is an old word for a page.
See also: book, leaf, of, out, take
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