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.
See also: clothes, steal

steal someone's clothes

appropriate someone's ideas or policies. British informal
See also: clothes, steal
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A GANG of thugs punched a teenage cyclist then stole his clothes and bike.
Viewers saw him win his feud with Chris after he claimed he was forced to run home naked when his friend stole his clothes as he "skinny-dipped" in a lake
THREE vicious thugs beat a stranger senseless, stabbed him and then stole his clothes, watch, wallet, and house keys before leaving him half-naked and bleeding in the street all night.
A flasher who paraded naked in front of a young couple spent hours hiding out in a wood after the outraged boyfriend stole his clothes.