model (oneself or something) on (someone or something else)

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model (oneself or something) on (someone or something else)

To use something or someone as the basis, inspiration, or example for how something or oneself should be. They're modeling the experimental plan on similar systems already being used to great effect in Norway and Sweden. I've always tried to model myself on Albert Einstein in how I organize my life and work.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

model someone on someone

 and model something on something
to use something as a pattern for something; to use someone as a pattern for someone. I will model my house on the house we saw in the Mediterranean. She tried to model herself on her mother.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

model on

v.
To form, develop, or found something on the basis of something else: The architect modeled the plans for the new school on a beautiful old building.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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