It’s never good to steal someone’s thunder.

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to steal someone's thunderThis episode is about people taking attention for themselves, and the expressions we can use to talk about them! A person might steal another person’s thunder by accident when they announce important news. Another person might give a great performance and steal the show. It is also important to give credit where credit is due if another person deserves recognition. Listen to this episode to learn more about these expressions.

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Jessie: To steal someone’s thunder actually has two similar meanings. It can either mean to take everyone’s attention away from someone else to put it on yourself.
Maura: Or to take credit for something that someone else did or to take credit for someone’s idea.
Jessie: Right. So in either case, you’re taking all the attention, all the recognition for yourself.
Maura: Right. So you’re taking the attention that someone else should get and you’re taking it just for you.
Jessie: Exactly. So for example, at a business a manager could steal one of his employee’s thunder by taking the employee’s good idea and presenting it to everyone as if he came up with it himself. So in that case, he would be stealing the employee’s thunder.

Expressions included from this episode in Lipservice:

To steal someone’s thunder To take credit
To come up with On purpose
By accident The centre of attention
To be in the spotlight To share the spotlight
To steal the show To give credit where credit is due
To be humble

Podcast/ Lipservice: Culips ESL Podcast, Photo: AveryCloseCall

Posted in Catch Word


  1.' jawad Ali says:

    Thanks again Jessei & Maura……..This is a great podcast,me have learnt alot of vocabulary form this podcast…..I am from Pakistan & me listen your podcasts daily.These are pretty good podcasts…..Tnanx

  2.' Thu Ha says:

    From Thu Ha – Vietnam

    Thanks for your helpful podcast. I love the way you discuss about books, shopping, etc… These really help me to know how to use English words naturally in particular situations. Thanks again and keep up your good work.

  3. Maura says:

    Thanks for your kind comments, Jawad Ali and Thu Ha! If you have any ideas for future episodes, let us know!

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