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take after (one)
1. To resemble one, as in appearance, behavior, attitude, etc. She takes after me with her fair hair and skin, but she has her mother's eyes. See how he throws that ball? Takes after his old man, I tell ya!
2. To pursue something that one (often a family member) has already done; to follow one as an example. I'm afraid he's been taking after his older brother lately, getting into trouble at school. He plans to take after his father, who was a master sergeant in the Marine Corps.
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take after someone
to resemble a close, older relative. Don't you think that Sally takes after her mother? No, Sally takes after her Aunt Ann.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Follow the example of; also, resemble in appearance, temperament, or character. For example, Bill took after his uncle and began working as a volunteer for the Red Cross. [Mid-1500s]
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.
1. To resemble someone, especially a parent, grandparent, or other predecessor, in appearance, temperament, or character: She takes after her grandfather in her talent for design. You take after your mother—you have her nose and eyes.
2. To follow someone or something as an example: Don't take after your older brother—he's a bad influence.
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.