follow suit

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follow suit (third-person singular simple present follows suit, present participle following suit, simple past and past participle followed suit)

  1. (card games) To play a card of the same suit as the previous or leading card.
  2. (idiomatic) To follow an example; to imitate or copy the actions of another.
    If you are not sure of the proper etiquette, watch what others do and follow suit.
    • 1960 February, R. C. Riley, “The London-Birmingham services - Past, Present and Future”, in Trains Illustrated, page 98:
      After World War II it took time to clear up the arrears of track maintenance on both lines and it was not until 1953 that the L.M.R. restored any two-hour schedules, the W.R. following suit a year later.
    • 1984, “So. Central Rain”, in Reckoning, performed by R.E.M.:
      The wise man built his words upon the rocks / But I'm not bound to follow suit
    • 2014 May 28, John McWhorter, “Saint Maya”, in The New Republic[1], ISSN 0028-6583:
      I had a natural African American impulse to let this worldlywise middle-aged black woman's maternalism wash over me. And as a post-civil rights African American, I assumed that it was a white audience's job to follow suit.
    • 2022 May 4, Anthony Lambert, “A revolution in ticketing”, in RAIL, number 956, page 33:
      But unless there is a Damascene conversion in the Treasury, the chances of the UK Government following suit currently look slim.

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