Definition of take a leaf from (or out of) someone's book in US English:

take a leaf from (or out of) someone's book

phrase

  • Imitate or emulate someone in a particular way.

    ‘Gorbachev must take a leaf from Deng's book and offer tangible benefits’
    • ‘We may all stand disgusted when we see the state of some foreign prisons, but maybe we should take a leaf out of their book.’
    • ‘Perhaps those intent on putting up ludicrously-priced properties under the guise of ‘regeneration’ around here could take a leaf out of their book.’
    • ‘They gave an as near to perfect display of football as possible and what a pity some of our male teams don't take a leaf out of their book.’
    • ‘He carried the club at times last season, but others must take a leaf out of his book.’
    • ‘If only those responsible for devising the new routes and timetables for our buses could take a leaf out of their book.’
    • ‘You have some genuine elected members who care for their community so perhaps take a leaf out of their book.’
    • ‘He seems very pleasant and hard working, a few could do with taking a leaf out of his book.’
    • ‘I hope others take a leaf out of your book and I look forward to working with you again next year.’
    • ‘I'm going to take a leaf out of your book, at least for a couple of days, and spend my time eating and sleeping by turns.’
    • ‘He wished more young people would take a leaf out of his book and follow his example.’
    • ‘I hope you do not mind Catherine, I am taking a leaf out of your book and asking anyone that passes this way to please call around and offer your support to John and his family.’
    imitate, copy, reproduce, mimic, mirror, echo, follow, model oneself on, take as a model, take as an example
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