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    What does it mean when someone 'steals a march'? I read a sentence in story that said ' Had she in some way stolen a march on them with this baby?' Would it mean to strike a better deal? Or 'stolen' their lover?

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    Default Re: 'To steal a march'

    It means to have beaten someone to an objective. To get something or somewhere before your competitor. In your example I assume she had a baby before them, thus beating them.

    He bought the latest model to 'steal a march' on his neighbour.

    Gain an advantage over someone.
    Origin:
    Armies would gain advantage by secretly marching to higher ground.

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    Default Re: 'To steal a march'

    Thanks, now it all makes sense. Actually she had a baby before them!

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    Default Re: 'To steal a march'

    Interesting. I'd never heard this phrase before (I've learned something new!) In AmE, we'd say "steal her thunder."

    "I thought I'd be the first daughter in my family to get married, but then my younger sister got engaged and scheduled her wedding a month before mine, thus stealing my thunder."

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    Default Re: 'To steal a march'

    Quote Originally Posted by Agnes View Post
    What does it mean when someone 'steals a march'? I read a sentence in story that said ' Had she in some way stolen a march on them with this baby?' Would it mean to strike a better deal? Or 'stolen' their lover?
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    Default Re: 'To steal a march'

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    Interesting. I'd never heard this phrase before (I've learned something new!) In AmE, we'd say "steal her thunder."

    "I thought I'd be the first daughter in my family to get married, but then my younger sister got engaged and scheduled her wedding a month before mine, thus stealing my thunder."
    To steal ones' thunder

    To draw attention and publicity that should go to someone else to another cause without prior warning.

    Steal a march on someone/something
    to spoil someone's plans and get an advantage over them by doing something sooner or better than them.

    very similar - I'm pleased to be able to educate you Ouisch

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    Default Re: 'To steal a march'

    queer sb's pitch British & Australian

    to spoil someone's chances of doing something
    She queered my pitch by asking for promotion before I did.

    Do you know its origin

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