steal someone's thunder

Definition of steal someone's thunder

  1. :  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

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

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

    :  to steal or attempt to steal a base

  1. :  the act or an instance of stealing

    :  a fraudulent or questionable political deal

    :  bargain

  1. :  some person :  somebody

  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

    :  a loud utterance or threat

    :  bang, rumble

  1. :  to give forth a sound that resembles thunder

    :  roar, shout

    :  to utter loudly :  roar

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