steal (someone's) clothes

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steal (someone's) clothes

To advance or appropriate someone else's ideas, policies, or agendas as one's own. Many believe the challenger is really trying to steal the incumbent's clothes and beat him at his own game.
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steal someone's clothes

BRITISH, JOURNALISM
If a politician or political party steals another's clothes, they take their ideas or policies and pretend that these are their own. Instead, Labour has been allowed to steal the Conservatives' clothes by promising to involve the private-health sector. It would be stealing their political clothes — and few politicians can resist this opportunity.
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steal someone's clothes

appropriate someone's ideas or policies. British informal
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Devices will also alert if someone goes to steal clothes or there is a fire.
The police also caught another person trying to steal clothes from a laundry.
Robledo sped away and drove to a Walmart store in Lebanon, where he attempted to steal clothes, deputies said.
The two other men admitted they had travelled from Manchester intending to steal clothes with a view to selling them on.
On 20th June we published a report into gangs who steal clothes which have been donated to charity and bogus charity collectors.
THE court case involving Wendy Atkins and Caroline Crawford (ECHO, May 21), who worked hand-in-hand to steal clothes from the New Look store, is depressing.
Paul Lee Gibbs, of Dylan Place, Cardiff, pleaded guilty to jointly attempting to steal clothes and jewellery from the store with Suzanne Robinson on April 1.
A MERICAN film star Winona Ryder has admitted in court trying to steal clothes from a Beverley Hills department store.
A COUPLE made off after an unsuccessful attempt to steal clothes from a Coventry shopping complex.
Penny West, 18, went into the Primark store in Cardiff on April 1 and attempted to steal clothes worth pounds 20, which she intended to exchange for a bag of heroin.
HUNTJ Commissioner Leppard STOPPED J Police quiz van drivers DESTINATION J Gangs' home HAULJ Truck full of stolen clothing RAIDn What the police found in Rainham, Essex DIVING IN J Gangs target charity bins to steal clothes bound for Lithuanian stores, right
A Great Ormond Street spokesman said: 'We are very sorry that from time to time there are callous people who will steal clothes.'
* HOPEFUL update in the war against thieves who set up bogus charities to get hold of secondhand clothes or steal clothes donated to genuine charities.
KEITH Jackson, of Coldstream Terrace, Riverside, Cardiff, was fined pounds 200 after he and a friend tried to steal clothes from an Asda store by cutting off the security tags with a pair of pliers.