In a word: Steal

You know how it goes, somebody breaks into your house and they steal the family jewels, which means, they’ve taken something that’s not theirs.

Baseballers will be well familiar with the term steal a base because that sneaky second base runner is trying to get to third, before the pitcher fires in a curveball.

But then there’s that same thief trying to rob you is stealing his way downstairs.

You come across a bargain, that is the seller doesn’t quite know what they’ve got and assumed it’s junk, that’s a steal.

On stage, one actor can steal the limelight from another.  if a film, an actor with a lesser part, can, if their good enough, steal the scene.

And if you’re lucky enough, you might steal a kiss, or just get slapped.

Then there’s the government, using a certain event to change the laws, and it might just steal your liberty.

This is not to be confused with the word steel, which means something else entirely, like a very malleable metal that’s low in carbon.

Or like most of our heroes, they have nerves of steel, or if they are like us, they need to steel themselves with a suitable fortification, rum is my choice.

But for me, I like the phrase, he had a steely look on his face and it was hard to tell if that was good or bad.

2 thoughts on “In a word: Steal

  1. I always enjoy your essays for the way they make me think. Steal. Quite a word. You mention stealing a scene. Who’s the most consistent or talented scene-stealer you’ve ever encountered? For me it has to be Wayne Knight. He’ll never be a leading man because of the way he looks, but from Seinfeld’s Newman to Jurassic Park’s Nedry, he wraps up every scene he’s in with a fancy bow on top and just walks away with it!

    Another enjoyable read. Here’s hoping you never get tired of it!

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