suit (oneself)

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slang A businessperson. The phrase refers to the formal attire worn by many businesspeople and is typically used in a mildly derogatory way. Oh boy, what are the suits from the corporate office doing here today? I never thought I'd be a suit and work nine to five in an office, but I actually like my job.

suit (oneself)

1. To do that which fulfills one's own desires, expectations, or ambitions, especially when failing to consider those of anyone else. It really doesn't matter to me how you arrange the furniture in here, so just suit yourself! Look, Tom and his wife are always going to suit themselves, so don't tie up everything you want to do on this trip with them.
2. A set phrase used in the imperative indicating that the speaker accepts or is indifferent to the other person's decision or preference, especially when it runs contrary to their own desires or expectations. A: "I would just rather not go to a wedding where I won't know anyone." B: "Fine, suit yourself. I'll just go alone." A: "I don't think I'll come to dinner after all." B: "Suit yourself. Should be fun, though."
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suit oneself to do something

one's own way; to do something to please oneself. If he doesn't want to do it my way, he can suit himself.
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Suit yourself.

Inf. You decide the way you want it.; Have it your way. Mary: I think I want the red one. Tom: Suit yourself. John (reading the menu): The steak sounds good, but it's hard to pass up the fried chicken. Sally: Suit yourself. I'll have the steak.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

suit oneself

Do as one pleases, as in We had expected you, but if you don't want to come, suit yourself. This idiom, which uses suit in the sense of "be agreeable or convenient," is often put as an imperative. [Late 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.

ˌsuit yourˈself

1 do exactly what you like: I choose my assignments to suit myself.
2 usually used in orders to tell somebody to do what they want, even though it might annoy you: ‘I don’t want anything to eat, I’m on a diet.’ ‘All right, suit yourself!’
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n. a businessman or businesswoman; someone who is in charge. A couple of suits checked into a working-class hotel and caused some eyebrows to raise.
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So we intend to conquer the City and run the government to suit ourselves."
"Why, you see, he hates to travel, and I hate to keep still, so we each suit ourselves, and there is no trouble.
"We pick a team to suit ourselves. But we should respect the competition.
Humans have always bred dogs, from the first domesticated wolves, to suit ourselves. But I wonder if the trend for canine beauty isn't taking it all too far.
But all these constructs we make up to suit ourselves, no?
must of necessity be stranger than fiction, for we have made fiction to suit ourselves. Only a dunderhead would take the novel and its artificial characters seriously.
COLETTE Colette is home from Turkey Two weeks washing in her case She wants them freshly laundered Ready to be off again in haste She throws them all around the floor T-shirts, shorts and tops "Do these by hand, be careful Mum" Her chatter never stops For two weeks we've had peace and quiet A silence in the house Instead of sounds of acid bands We've had strings of Johann Strauss Our meals we had to suit ourselves And ate them off our knee Now our darling daughter's home again With shouts of "What's for tea?" It's hard to be a mother And let your children go Away from home to see the world Because you love them so I try my best to be carefree But I hate to be alone So today I'm very happy Cos our Colette is home by Joan Kielty, Bootle
"In the team and the squad we can play different systems to suit ourselves and, if we have to alter it to combat the opposition, we can do that as well.
Chapter 1, "Project Gender: Identity/ies in Flux," "considers the shifts in our understanding of gendered identities, how the media frame women and men in contemporary discourse, and how we ourselves are challenging traditional renditions of what it is to be woman and man by performing gender to suit ourselves" (p.
We can now change them to suit ourselves, which has a lot of advantages."
And when we think we are remembering, we are simply "rewriting" our memory to suit ourselves.
I am sure the first reaction of civil servants and politicians will be to argue that this cannot be done and that we cannot change regulations just to suit ourselves.
Nor have we any longer the right to choose exactly what we want, elect for a delivery time to suit ourselves, or set our own prices.
The courses, and the connections of a pool of eligible horses, should be allowed to get on with what they do best, which is staging racing, and leave the jockeys to follow the example of the rest of us, which is to arrange holidays at the best time to suit ourselves.
These days we seem to change the wording to suit ourselves. We live with 'she's having an affair' instead of 'she's committing adultery'.