follow the crowd


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follow the crowd

To do what everyone else is doing. This phrase often has a negative connotation, suggesting that the speaker is not an independent thinker or is easily swayed. I'm worried that my daughter will just follow the crowd at the party and end up doing things that she doesn't really want to do.
See also: crowd, follow
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

follow the crowd

to do what everyone else is doing. I am an independent thinker. I could never just follow the crowd. When in doubt, I follow the crowd. At least I don't stand out like a fool.
See also: crowd, follow
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

follow the crowd

Go along with the majority, do what most others are doing. For example, Make your own decision-don't just follow the crowd.
See also: crowd, follow
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

follow/go with the ˈcrowd

(often disapproving) do as everyone else does because you have no ideas of your own: Dress in the way you like and try not to follow the crowd. OPPOSITE: lead the way
See also: crowd, follow, go
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