borrow from (someone or something)

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borrow from (someone or something)

1. Literally, to use something that belongs to another person, with the intent to return it later. A noun can be used between "borrow" and "from." Because I found a date to the dance at the last minute, I just borrowed a dress and shoes from my sister. I ran out of art supplies so I had to start borrowing from Steve.
2. Of a work of some kind, to use elements from something else. That movie may be a comedy, but its plot borrows from crime films of the 1940s.
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borrow something from someone

to request and receive the use of something from someone. Can I borrow a hammer from you? Sorry, this hammer was borrowed from my father.
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DIY SOS BBC1, 8pm Although the idea of this show is nothing new - the volunteer calls to arms and heartstring-tugging is basically borrowed from US show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition - but this show's strength is its presenter.
This is a feature borrowed from US politics, where spending obscene amounts of money to secure an election is a given and does not raise eyebrows among the population.
13, comprising thirteen wall texts of censorious language borrowed from US legislators in the debates over public arts funding during the culture wars of the 1980s and '90s.
So when the PQ speak of a distinct society, it's kind of a term they borrowed from us.
However, even those were borrowed from US citizens who have made commerce of anti-Americanism.
The move, using technology borrowed from US President Barack Obama's campaign, got Labour off to a flying start yesterday.
Mr Malik replied: "We will be passing forward all good ideas, whether they are borrowed from us or elsewhere, to Sir Nigel Crisp.
Items that are borrowed from us will not have a due date until after we reopen," Mrs.
The New York Met and Boston museums have borrowed from us for the first time.
It was a trick borrowed from US police and mirrored the 1989 Al Pacino film Sea Of Love in which hoodlums fell into the law's hands thinking they would be meeting the New York Yankees baseball team.
This idea - borrowed from US President Bill Clinton - will allow the Government to boost the take-home pay of the poorest people without being criticised for increasing benefit payments.
In every other year, they've run a trade deficit, and the sum of those trade deficits is all the money they borrowed from us in the past.
Instead of trying to borrow back from the Japanese techniques they originally borrowed from us, we could learn something from the values that cause these techniques to work for them so well.