take a/(one's) cue from (someone or something)(redirected from take a cue from one)
take a/(one's) cue from (someone or something)
To choose one's actions in response to someone or something else. Just take your cue from the cat as he adjusts to his new home, and try not to smother him. I take my cue from my boss in serious matters like this.
take one's cue from someone
to use someone else's behavior or reactions as a guide to one's own. (From the theatrical cue as a signal to speak, etc.) If you don't know which spoons to use at the dinner, just take your cue from John. The other children took their cue from Tommy and ignored the new boy.
take one's cue from
Follow the lead of another, as in I'm not sure what to bring, so I'll take my cue from you. This expression, first recorded in 1622, alludes to the cue giving an actor a signal to speak.
take your cue fromfollow the example or advice of.
Cue in both of these idioms is used in the theatrical sense of ‘the word or words that signal when another actor should speak or perform a particular action’.