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follow along

1. To do something as others do it. I have no idea how to get out of the stadium, so I'm just following along with the mass of people.
2. To trail closely behind someone or something. When you have a toddler, you can always count on them following along with anything you try to do around the house.
3. To monitor something in order to keep pace with what someone else is doing. I couldn't quite hear what the actors were saying, so I followed along with the closed captions.
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follow along

Move or proceed in accord or in unison with someone. For example, The children followed along with the song, or They followed along with the crowd.
See also: 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 along

v.
1. To accompany by following: I went for a walk in the woods, and my cats followed along. Our guide led the hike and we followed him along.
2. To move or act in conjunction with an activity by following an example: The teacher sang and the children followed along.
3. To move or act in conjunction or in parallel with someone or something: I followed along with the speaker by reading the transcript.
See also: follow
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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References in classic literature ?
Although all Vronsky's inner life was absorbed in his passion, his external life unalterably and inevitably followed along the old accustomed lines of his social and regimental ties and interests.
So he went deeper into the undergrowth, and followed along parallel to the avenue to the house.
It seemed to be coming in this direction so I followed along, pulled up short of the house, climbed on the top of the bank and saw that extraordinary illumination from the marshland on the other side.
Hunt and his companions followed along the right bank of the river, which made its way far below them, brawling at the foot of perpendicular precipices of solid rock, two and three hundred feet high.
As Turan had passed through the gateway into the city and taken his unhindered way along the avenue, twenty warriors had entered the city and closed the gate behind them, and then one had taken to the wall and followed along its summit in the rear of Turan, and another had followed him along the avenue, while a third had crossed the street and entered one of the buildings upon the opposite side.
All ignorant of the unseen enemy upon the river's bank the lad floated slowly down the stream while Paulvitch followed along the jungle path a few yards behind him.
Once we tried to walk on the ground, but were treed by a miserable hyena, who followed along underneath.
She followed along a pace behind me, neither of us speaking.
But next time you want a ride don't flag a locomotive between stations.' She followed along; but when I got to the step and turned to give her a lift-up, she wasn't there.
Another tremblor followed along the same area at around 2:20 a.m., recorded at magnitude 2.2.
She was reportedly followed along the quiet residential road by a man clutching the jagged length of guttering, just after 7pm.
The world's horrified citizens followed along in real-time over social media, as an avalanche mowed down trekkers on Mount Everest, centuries-old temples collapsed upon themselves, and some 3.5 million Nepalese found themselves, in one earth-swinging second, homeless and in desperate need of temporary shelter.
As the kiosk rotated, the children followed along, walking in a continuous circle.
Through those dark months and years, their relationship flourished and marriage followed along with five children, 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandkids.
Hit after hit followed along with a barrage of impressive (although not in the same league as the real king of pop, Jacko) dance moves.