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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We started this campaign because we were not pleased about beers that are brewed under licence in the UK stealing our clothes.
Another Labour TD tells me they are far from happy with the way Labour is going: "Fianna Fail are stealing our clothes fromone side and Sinn Fein from the other.
Mr Robinson knew that and he is merely stealing our clothes.