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The meaning and origin of the expression: Steal a march

Steal a march

What's the meaning of the phrase 'Steal a march'?

Gain an advantage over an opponent.

What's the origin of the phrase 'Steal a march'?

This phrase derives from the military manoeuvre of moving troops secretly, in order to gain an advantage. It has been used since at least the early 18th century, when it was cited in the London Gazette, 1716:

"We saw him... steal a March for our Preservation."

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