Definition of steal someone's thunder in English:

steal someone's thunder

phrase

  • Win praise for oneself by pre-empting someone else's attempt to impress.

    • ‘Convinced that Paul was stealing his thunder, if not his soul, John fought his resentment with numbness.’
    • ‘The Rajguru, the king's main political advisor, is a man with a colossal ego and doesn't like Raman stealing his thunder.’
    • ‘However, in an apparent copycat career move, Lindsay is also recording her own debut album, which some say is another attempt to steal Duff 's thunder.’
    • ‘But senior officers stole their thunder by revealing for the first time estimates of the funding needed for the new centre.’
    • ‘Not even a trombone is permitted to steal the tuba 's thunder.’
    • ‘In their obituaries, media pundits blame competition from other magazines, broadsheets stealing their thunder, and internet publishing.’
    • ‘Upright and shapely, this tree is best seen on its own, away from other plants that might steal its thunder.’
    • ‘They might finally be overcoming the trauma of having him steal their thunder on most issues.’
    • ‘However, Mosley stole their thunder by confronting them with a number of new proposals as soon as the official meeting began.’
    • ‘‘No wonder the poets are so hostile to us,’ scientists could say: ‘We stole their thunder.’’