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.
See also: clothes, steal

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.
See also: clothes, steal

steal someone's clothes

appropriate someone's ideas or policies. British informal
See also: clothes, steal
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Thieves targeted his accommodation in nearby Formby while he was out on the Southport links on Thursday, stealing his clothes and other personal items.
Sir John told the Leveson Inquiry that he once joked about Mr Blair - who led Labour to victory in 1997 - stealing his clothes.
Mark then wrote off to the show and made up this story about me stealing his clothes when he went skinny-dipping in a lake to impress some students we'd met at a local pub.