steal someone's thunder

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of steal someone's thunder

:to prevent someone from having success or getting attention, praise, etc., by doing or saying whatever that person was planning to do or say
  • I didn't mean to steal your thunder, but I just had to tell your mom about your promotion.

Word by Word Definitions

steal play
  1. : to take the property of another wrongfully and especially as a habitual or regular practice

  2. : to come or go secretly, unobtrusively, gradually, or unexpectedly

  3. : to steal or attempt to steal a base

  1. : the act or an instance of stealing

  2. : a fraudulent or questionable political deal

  3. : bargain

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

thunder play
  1. : the sound that follows a flash of lightning and is caused by sudden expansion of the air in the path of the electrical discharge

  2. : bang, rumble

  3. : a loud utterance or threat

  1. : to produce thunder

  2. : to give forth a sound that resembles thunder

  3. : roar, shout


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