after (someone or something)

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after (someone or something)

1. To follow someone or something in a sequential manner. B comes after A in the alphabet. Karen was in line first, so you can go on the ride after her.
2. To pursue someone or something. Todd seemed pretty upset when he ran out, so I'll go after him and see how he's doing. Sarah's always been one to go after her dreams, so I'm not surprised she's such a successful businesswoman now.
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after you

A set phrase that politely urges another person to do something first. When they both reached the entrance at the same time, the man held the door open and said, "After you." Oh, you can bowl first—after you.
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*after someone or something

 
1. Lit. following someone or something. (*Typically: be ~; Come ~.) Tom comes after Mary in the line.
2. Fig. in pursuit of someone or something. (*Typically: be ~; chase ~; run ~.) The dog is after a rabbit.

After you.

Please go ahead of me.; Please pass through ahead of me. Bob stepped back and made a motion with his hand indicating that Mary should go first. "After you," smiled Bob.
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after

/in a fashion
In some way or other, especially to a limited extent: She sings after a fashion.
References in classic literature ?
"Yes, of course he would do that," said Wilson in a meditative matter-of-course way, "but the thing that puzzled me was, why he didn't look to that last night, for one thing, and why he let you carry such a matter into a court of law at all, either before the duel or after it. It's no place for it.