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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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Following the example of certain prudent travellers, I withdrew unseen - and returned, not much wiser, to the Mediterranean, the sea of classic adventures.
By attentively watching, the observer would then have perceived the other molecules of the mass, following the example of this central star, become likewise condensed by gradually accelerated rotation, and gravitating round it in the shape of innumerable stars.
These reflections made him waver in his purpose, but his craze being stronger than any reasoning, he made up his mind to have himself dubbed a knight by the first one he came across, following the example of others in the same case, as he had read in the books that brought him to this pass.
Malicorne kept the paternal money-chest; that is to say, that in those times of easy morals, he had made for himself, by following the example of his father, and lending at high interest for short terms, a revenue of eighteen hundred livres, without reckoning six hundred livres furnished by the generosity of the syndic, so that Malicorne was the king of the gay youth of Orleans, having two thousand four hundred livres to scatter, squander, and waste on follies of every kind.
The website quotes Ted Powell, the author of "King Edward VIII: An American Life" in its article, stating that Prince Charles actually didn't want to risk following the example of his great uncle, who, prior to abdicating, also had a chaotic love life into his forties.
Revisions to the Toyota Yaris this summer include a new-look face following the example of the new |Toyota Aygo (top) which was shown at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year
Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques called for holding Istisqa prayer (seeking rain) all over the Kingdom on Monday, the 7th of Muharram, 1432 corresponding 13 Dec., 2010, following the example of the Sunnah of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH), the Royal Court said in a statement today.
He estimates that forming of a European fund following the example of the International Monetary Fund that at the moment would give support to the members of the Euro-zone, gives some hope.
In August 2007 New York City councilman James Gennaro proposed a city ban on smoking in cars with passengers under the age of 18, following the example of similar measures in other parts of the United States and Australia.
Can we imagine an English or Scandanavian school following the example of SCI-Arc, with Ray Kappe, Michael Rotondi, Neil Denari and Eric Owen Moss as its train of Heads?
Later, the Legion of Christ issued a statement in which it explained that Father Maciel, "facing the accusations made against him, [...] declared his innocence and, following the example of Jesus Christ, decided not to defend himself in any way (Zenit.org, May 19, 2006)."
For the longest time, following the example of a writer I considered nearly infallible, I thought the adjective that defined the quality inherent in clouds, rocks, and so on that permits us to see various things in them--perhaps most notoriously the face of Christ--was "magmatic," and that this word got at the shifting quality of their anthropomorphism.
Following the example of another IRS employee who worked as a part-time real estate agent, Anderson committed to Declaration of Financial Empowerment principle No.
Following the example of McBeth's earlier Sourcebook for Baptist Heritage, Early has compiled documents that relate specifically to the story of Texas Baptists.
To me, being Catholic is about following the example of Jesus.