take a leaf out of (one's) book(redirected from taken a leaf out of a book)
take a leaf out of (one's) book
To do something in the way someone else would do it; to behave or act like someone else. I think I'm going to take a leaf out of your book and start going for a run first thing in the morning.
take a leaf out of someone's bookand take a page from someone's book
Fig. to behave or to do something in a way that someone else would. When you act like that, you're taking a leaf out of your sister's book, and I don't like it! You had better do it your way. Don't take a leaf out of my book. I don't do it well.
take a leaf out of somebody’s ˈbookfollow somebody’s example because you admire them and their way of doing something: If you’re having difficulty with the children, take a leaf out of Sandra’s book. She knows how to control them.
Leaf is an old word for a page.