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follow the example of

To do something that another person is doing. Growing up, I really tried not to follow the example of my older brother, as he was always getting into trouble. I try to follow the example of Mother Teresa and treat all people with kindness.
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FAVOURITE backers in the 5.00 at Brighton were pulling their hair out when Louis Beuzelin kept 2-1 jolly Simple Rhythm on the far-side rails away from the main body of the field, who followed the example of all the previous winners by coming up the stands' side rail.
ASTON VILLA have followed the example of Everton and pulled out of an end-of-season tour to China and Hong Kong because of fears over the spread of the SARS virus.
At the same time, other wealthy Roman widows followed the example of ancient and Early Christian matrons to build and rebuild large churches and pious institutions in Rome.
He would, however, be happy if it followed the example of other churches and became scent free.
Underscoring the value of this public-private initiative, EPA administrator Carol Browner said, "If all building owners followed the example of those who have already achieved the Energy Star Building Label, we would reduce our nation's energy bill by more than $130 billion over just 15 years.
Raymond Morris, the "Cannock Chase" murderer, has followed the example of Jason Swift killer Sidney Cooke and applied for parole.