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follow suit

To do the same thing as others, especially by following their example. The phrase comes from card games, where there are four "suits" (diamonds, hearts, spades, and clubs). The people in front of us began to file out of the auditorium, and we followed suit. After that studio made that hit musical, plenty of others tried to follow suit.
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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.
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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]
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follow suit

COMMON If someone follows suit, they do the same thing that someone else has just done. Note: The following expressions refer to the four suits in a pack of cards: diamonds, hearts, clubs, and spades. The company provides childcare for the children of staff members. If only other employers would follow suit. If Tim had a stack of pancakes for breakfast, Emily would follow suit. Note: If you follow suit in a card game, you play a card of the same suit as the previous player.
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follow suit

1 (in bridge, whist, and other card games) play a card of the suit led. 2 conform to another's actions.
2 2002 History of Scotland The first Earl of Huntly was a Gordon by adoption. Many other lesser men followed suit, assuming the surname of so successful a family.
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follow ˈsuit

act or behave in the way that somebody else has just done: One of the oil companies put up the price of fuel today, and the others are expected to follow suit.
If you follow suit in card games, you play a card of the same suit (= either hearts, clubs, diamonds or spades) that has just been played.
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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.
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follow suit, to

To imitate someone; to follow someone’s example. The expression comes from card games such as whist or bridge, in which one must play a card of the same suit as that which was led. The practice was literally spelled out in Cotton’s Complete Gamester (1680), but had obviously been transferred by the time Herman Melville used the expression (Moby-Dick, 1851): “I quickly followed suit and descending into the bar-room accosted the grinning landlord.”
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The Islamic Organisation for Education, Science and Culture (ISESCO) has urged other wealthy Muslims to follow suit, after Emirati businessman Abdullah Al Ghurair donated a third of his assets to educate Arab youth.
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Two House committees passed a jumbo infrastructure bill in February and a third was likely to follow suit, meaning the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act will probably pass the House quickly.
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Taipei, June 23, 2010 (CENS) -- The economic recovery is driving Taiwan's three government-linked banks, namely Chang Hwa Bank, Hua Nan Bank, and First Commercial Bank, to raise employee salaries, which began April 1, with some private banks reportedly to follow suit.
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The Amal statement added that the Turkish decision was a first and called for other states to follow suit "in pressuring Israel to stop.
The High Street giant intends to follow suit in South-West England and South Wales by the end of the month - and then possibly the whole country.
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A BAHRAIN-based bank has given BD30,000 in aid for the people of Gaza, with a call for the private sector to follow suit.