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The meaning of "steal someones thunder"

" Steal someones thunder "
Meaning:
Take the credit for something someone else did.
Example:
Joseph Swan had the first working lightbulb but Edison filed the first patent and effectively stole Swan's thunder.
Where did it originate?:
Britain, early 18th century. From a reference to the machines used in theatres to make the sound of thunder.
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