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Definition of steal
verb (past stole /stōl/; past participle stolen /ˈstōlən/)
- see blind.
- win praise for oneself by preempting someone else’s attempt to impress.[from an exclamation by the English dramatist John Dennis (1657–1734), who invented a method of simulating the sound of thunder as a theatrical sound effect and used it in an unsuccessful play. Shortly after his play came to the end of its brief run he heard his new thunder effects used at a performance of Shakespeare's Macbeth, whereupon he is said to have exclaimed: “Damn them! They will not let my play run, but they steal my thunder!”]
Old English stelan (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch stelen and German stehlen