If you 'steal someone’s thunder', you take the attention away from them, usually to your own advantage.
Sam stole my thunder when he said he'd done all the work. It's not true – I did most of it!
Please don't steal my thunder by announcing your engagement tonight. I want to tell everyone that I'm pregnant.
I was telling a joke and he just interrupted me to tell a different one. He always steals my thunder.
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Do you know the difference between the words 'thunder' and 'lightning' in English? Lightning is a flash of very bright light in the sky caused by electricity, whereas the loud noise that you hear afterwards is called thunder.
I enjoyed the storm last night and managed to take photos of the lightning. My dog hid under the table because he's scared of thunder.
The spark of lightning can reach over five miles in length and can raise the temperature of the air by 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightning doesn't only occur in thunderstorms, but also in forest fires, volcanic eruptions and even snowstorms. One of the most dangerous places to stand during a thunderstorm is under a tree, and talking on the phone isn't a good idea either!