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measure the drapes

To begin planning or preparing to replace someone in a job or position before one has actually secured the role, especially during a political election. The senator has been criticized for measuring the drapes in the Oval Office with a month still to go before the votes will be tallied.
See also: drape, measure
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'Measuring the drapes' is a cliche; a notional [hypothetical] org chart is real life....
The adroit retorting skills exhibited by Gingrich made some observers believe that he would be measuring the drapes in the Oval Office right about now.
"We've got so much work to get there that I'm not measuring the drapes," she said.
''The pundits have written us off just like they've done before and my opponent is measuring the drapes in the White House,'' he said.
"My opponent is measuring the drapes at the White House," he said.
"My opponent is measuring the drapes at the White House," he said, as he wrapped up a frenzied day of campaigning with a midnight rally in Miami.