steal a few minutes


Senior Member
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.


    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.