steal VERB (past stole; past part. stolen) 1) take (something) without permission or legal right and without intending to return it. 2) give or take surreptitiously or without permission: I stole a look at my watch. 3) move somewhere quietly or surreptitiously. 4) (in various sports) gain (a point, advantage, etc.) unexpectedly or by exploiting the temporary distraction of an opponent.
NOUN 1) informal a bargain. 2) chiefly N. Amer. an act of stealing.
steal a march on — Cf. ↑steal a march on
steal the show — Cf. ↑steal the show
steal someone's thunder — Cf. ↑steal someone's thunder
DERIVATIVES stealer noun.
ORIGIN Old English.

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