take a leaf from someone's book


take a leaf from someone's book
take a leaf out of/from/someone’s book phrase
to copy what someone else does because they are successful at doing it

They should take a leaf out of industry’s book and pay both management and staff on results.

Thesaurus: to copy someone or somethingsynonym
Main entry: leaf

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take a leaf from (or out of) someone's book
imitate or emulate someone in a particular way

Gorbachev must take a leaf from Deng's book and offer tangible benefits


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • leaf — [[t]li͟ːf[/t]] ♦♦♦ leaves, leafs, leafing, leafed 1) N COUNT: usu pl, also in/into N The leaves of a tree or plant are the parts that are flat, thin, and usually green. Many trees and plants lose their leaves in the winter and grow new leaves in… …   English dictionary

  • leaf — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. frond, blade; lamina, sheet, flake; sheet, page. See vegetable, layer. II (Roget s IV) n. 1. [The leafy organ of a plant] Syn. leaflet, needle, bract, petiole, blade, frond, stalk, stipule, scale,… …   English dictionary for students

  • leaf — leafless, adj. leaflike, adj. /leef/, n., pl. leaves /leevz/, v. n. 1. one of the expanded, usually green organs borne by the stem of a plant. 2. any similar or corresponding lateral outgrowth of a stem. 3. a petal: a rose leaf. 4. leaves… …   Universalium

  • leaf — leaf1 [ lif ] (plural leaves [ livz ] ) noun *** 1. ) count a flat thin green part of a tree or plant that grows on a branch or stem: A light breeze stirred the leaves of the tall oak tree outside her window. falling/autumn leaves come into leaf… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • leaf — I UK [liːf] / US [lɪf] noun Word forms leaf : singular leaf plural leaves UK [liːvz] / US [lɪvz] *** 1) [countable] a flat thin green part of a tree or plant that grows on a branch or stem A light breeze stirred the leaves of the tall oak tree… …   English dictionary

  • book — [[t]b ʊk[/t]] ♦ books, booking, booked 1) N COUNT A book is a number of pieces of paper, usually with words printed on them, which are fastened together and fixed inside a cover of stronger paper or cardboard. Books contain information, stories,… …   English dictionary

  • leaf*/*/*/ — [liːf] (plural leaves [liːvz] ) noun [C] I 1) a flat, thin, usually green part of a tree or plant that grows on a branch or stem The autumn leaves were beginning to fall.[/ex] 2) a page of a book • take a leafout of/from sb s book to copy what… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

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