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suit (one's) actions to (one's) words
1. To do the things or behave the way that one advises, dictates, or espouses; to practice what one preaches. My parents always told us to respect each other and not to bicker, but they rarely suited their actions to their words. If you're going to tell your employees not to incur excessive, unnecessary costs, then you had better be prepared to suit your actions to your words.
2. To follow through with what one has one has promised or threatened to do. Don't threaten to quit your job unless you're actually willing to suit your actions to your words. He always talks about these grand adventures he's going to embark upon, but he never suits his actions to his words.
suit (one's) fancy
To satisfy or be in line with one's tastes, preferences, interests, or desires. A trip up into the mountains would really suit my fancy. These people have so much money that they just spend their time doing whatever suits their fancies. I'm going to shopping for an outfit that will suit my fancy.
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 (someone or something) to (someone or something)
To match, adapt, or tailor someone or something to someone or something. Often used in passive constructions. Our team of technicians are suited to any technical emergency that comes your way. We can't just suit the job to you because you don't like certain aspects of it—if you aren't happy here, you can find another place to work.
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suit the action to the word
To follow through with actions that one talks about or intends to do. So far, China has been the only country to suit the action to the word when it comes to reducing the effects of climate change.
1. To put on a uniform for a specific job, role, or activity. We're going to review some gameplay footage of our opponents before we suit up. The police chief told me not to suit up while the investigation into the incident proceeded.
2. slang To wear a formal suit for a social occasion. My best man and two groomsmen need to go suit up and start getting ready for the ceremony. Jim likes to suit up anytime we all go out, even if it's just to grab a few beers at the local pub.
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suit (oneself) up
to get into one's uniform, especially an athletic uniform. The coach told the team to suit up for the game by three o'clock. It's time to suit up! She suited herself up and went out on the court.
*suited for something
appropriate for something. (*Typically: be ~; become ~.) Do you think I am suited for this kind of work? Those clothes are not suited for outdoor work.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Put on clothes for a particular activity, as in Come on, fellows, it's time to suit up for the hockey game. [Mid-1900s]
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.
suit the action to the wordcarry out your stated intentions at once.
The expression comes from the scene in Hamlet in which a troupe of actors arrive to present a play to the king and queen. Hamlet instructs them to ‘suit the action to the word, the word to the action’.
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017
1. To put on clothing designed for a special activity: We suited up in our riding clothes.
2. To dress someone in clothing designed for a special activity: We suited up the children in their Halloween costumes. The soldiers were suited up for night patrol.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.