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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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 they have captured my city, robbed the treasury of all its jewels, and are running things to suit themselves."
And they really thought that it was "individualism" for tens of thousands of them to herd together and obey the orders of a steel magnate, and produce hundreds of millions of dollars of wealth for him, and then let him give them libraries; while for them to take the industry, and run it to suit themselves, and build their own libraries--that would have been "Paternalism"!
This dictator or tyrant would make decisions which would primarily suit themselves and may or may not suit the general public.
Last year, the prison's Independent Monitoring Board reported prisoners have "easy access" to mobiles and "make calls at times to suit themselves".
Chronicling the evolution of American English and regional dialects, this history of Bartlett's Dictionary of Americanisms traces how Americans reshaped the English language to suit themselves, from the 17th century on.
If humans have always shaped the natural world to suit themselves, and if we have always been upsetting the ecological balance and are only doing so much more decisively at present, perhaps the end of nature was inevitable and necessarily our fault.
This is typical of this Tory government, moving the goalposts to suit themselves.LETTHETRUTHBESAID
Well, the people have spoken and voted to leave - what can one say, other than this is what happens when politicians and their media mouthpieces think they can control the will of the people by telling lies and spinning news to suit themselves.
Just think of others EVERY day in the papers we read of road accidents.They blame dangerous roads, when we all know that the main cause is dangerous drivers,bending the rules to suit themselves. The rules of the road are made for our own good.
We're expressly bound for Amman to clarify our position such that Arabs and the World suit themselves to our demands and grievances, he concluded.
It's typical of this Labour-run council to interpret the statistics to suit themselves.
Because some people calling themselves Christians twist the scriptures to suit themselves and by their behaviour denounce Christ's teachings, it doesn't mean Christianity itself is wrong.
People are remaking the institutions of marriage (and its many attendant symbols) and family into something to suit themselves. Such shifts hint at the difficulty of communicating with distant generations.