Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

take a leaf out of (someone's) book

take a leaf out of someone's book
Meaning(s)
1) imitate someone else's behaviour, especially to gain an advantage
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • he/she is very successful, I should really take a leaf out of his/her book
  • Analysis
    'Leaves' refer to the pages in a book. If you take a leaf out of someone's book it means to imitate, copy or emulate someone in a particular way. If you take a leaf out of someone's book you behave in the way that they do. Usually, this expression refers to copying someone's good or beneficial behaviour. "You should take a leaf out of his book and start getting up earlier in the mornings." (Note: Although 'you should take a page out of his book' technically means the same thing, it is not an established idiom and so the received meaning is not the same.)
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Sarah seems healthier than ever these days, I think I'll take a leaf out of her book and start going for a run first thing in the morning.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Peter had struggled to hit his sale targets for the past few months, so he took a leaf out of David's book by going on a course to improve his communication skills. It really helped him to connect better with potential clients.
    2. Our biggest rivals have pulled ahead of us recently thanks to the effort they make to keep staff happy and motivated. We could really take a leaf out of their book.
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