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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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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 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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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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