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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.
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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Olly Croft of the BDO added: "We have never had any doubts that darts is a sport and though we are delighted that Sport England agree with us, we must now hope that Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland follow suit.
London is to have its own mayor next year and the Government wants all big cities to follow suit to get people interested in local politics.
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Although New Jersey is the first state to launch such an aggressive NRDA program, others are expected to follow suit shortly.
Fearful that VICA might follow suit, downtown power brokers have lobbied VICA to stay above the fray and take no position at all.
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We look forward to many years of working with the California Integrated Waste Management Board, who have helped to make this process possible, and hope to follow suit with other states around the country.
The United Transportation Union, which represents striking MTA bus drivers, would be wise to follow suit.
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