steal a few minutes

RORSCHACH

Senior Member
Farsi-persian
Hi,
What does "steal a few minutes" mean here? I cannot understand it.


“To my delight, before the graduation ceremony began, I was able to steal a few minutes with an old friend.”

Source: Hillary Rodham Clinton. “What Happened.”
 
  • bibliolept

    Senior Member
    AE, Español
    To "steal" time in this way is to be able to assign, set aside, or reserve that time for a particular reason or activity. The presumption is that there other demands for this time.
     

    kentix

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    She already had plans for how to use that time but managed to change her plans to allow for spending a few minutes with her friend without seriously disrupting her original plans.
     
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