One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Imitate or emulate someone in a particular way.‘Gorbachev must take a leaf from Deng's book and offer tangible benefits’
imitate, copy, reproduce, mimic, mirror, echo, follow, model oneself on, take as a model, take as an exampleView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Perhaps those intent on putting up ludicrously-priced properties under the guise of ‘regeneration’ around here could take a leaf out of their book.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘You have some genuine elected members who care for their community so perhaps take a leaf out of their book.’
- ‘I hope others take a leaf out of your book and I look forward to working with you again next year.’
- ‘If only those responsible for devising the new routes and timetables for our buses could 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.’
- ‘He seems very pleasant and hard working, a few could do with taking a leaf out of his 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.’
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