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A subject, activity, or field, at which someone is particularly skilled or adept. Working with computers was never my long suit, so this receptionist position is going to be a real challenge for me. Movie trivia is one of Sam's long suits, so I think we should ask her to be on our pub quiz team.
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One's strong point or advantage, as in Organizing has never been Nancy's long suit. This expression alludes to whist, bridge, and other card games in which holding numerous cards in a single suit may convey a strong advantage. [c. 1900]
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long suit, one's
One’s particular strength or advantage. This term comes from whist and related card games, including present-day contract bridge, in which holding a hand with numerous cards in a single suit may convey a strong advantage, particularly if that suit is the trump suit. The term began to be transferred to other enterprises about 1900.
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