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follow suit

to follow in the same pattern; to follow someone else's example. (From card games.) Mary went to work for a bank, and Jane followed suit. Now they are both head cashiers. The Smiths went out to dinner, but the Browns didn't follow suit. They stayed home.
See also: follow, suit

follow suit

to do the same as someone else has just done If other stores lower their prices, we'll have to follow suit.
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of follow suit ( to play a card of the same type as someone else just played in a card game)
See also: follow, suit

follow suit

to do the same as someone else has just done
Usage notes: If you follow suit when you are playing a card game, you put down a card with the same type of symbol on it as the card put down by the person before you.
If other companies lower their prices, we shall have to follow suit.
See also: follow, suit

follow suit

Imitate or do as someone else has done, as in Bill decided to leave for the rest of the day, and Mary followed suit. This term comes from card games in which one must play a card from the same suit as the one led. [Mid-1800s]
See also: follow, suit

follow suit

1. Games To play a card of the same suit as the one led.
2. To do as another has done; follow an example.
See also: follow, suit
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This small gesture is such an easy and obvious way to support local people in real need and I hope others will follow suit and spread a little warmth.
Private banks planning to follow suit include EnTie Commercial Bank, Cosmos Bank, Far Eastern International Bank, Jih Sun International Bank, Yuanta Bank and E.
Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's and Morrisons may follow suit.
Councillors hope the owners of Ropewalk will follow suit and provide seating inside the centre.
The Flatiron district is one of the most up and coming neighborhoods in the city and Philippe Massoud's new high-end, hip restaurant is one of the first of many of its kind to follow suit in the neighborhood," he said.
The Celtic Tiger is not a myth--it's a reality, and the results (including jobs, economic development, and tax revenues) have prompted Ireland's neighbors to follow suit, with Germany and Spain being the most recent countries to announce significant reductions and The Netherlands signaling the intention to follow suit.
The courts of jurisdictions other than California could soon follow suit.
BOOKMAKERS Paddy Power are making their customers pay for the usually free service of beverages in their betting shops on Saturday, and encouraging other operators to follow suit for a good cause, writes Howard Wright.
Do parents who became myopic because of heavy reading create an environment that encourages their kids to follow suit, she asks.
Jerry Shaw, instructor of the Shredding department at Team Werks co-operative in Thunder Bay, says that while the government has appeared to take the necessary precautions, small private companies have failed to follow suit.
Other Tokyo wards and cities across Japan are fully expected to follow suit.
This encourages priests and faithful to follow suit.
BIRKENHEAD businessman Ian Raffe is a ``leading light'' in Wirral and is urging his counterparts to follow suit.
If other state courts follow suit, wine consumers, not meddling bureaucrats or protectionist wine wholesalers, will have the power to decide which Merlot best goes with their chicken parmesan.
Goodman says he endured inconvenience and ridicule as he grew his hair for more than a year but feels good about his contribution and hopes others will follow suit.