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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FOLLOW SUIT

The ships of war were to follow suit with what speed they might.

The Deacon expressed his opinion of it in snores, and I longed to follow suit.

It's just the start of things; you'll see others will follow suit.

Well,” was the reluctant response, “I suppose I shall have to follow suit.

All they wanted was an example, and they were ready to follow suit.

It looks that way, replied Tom, and the best thing we can do is to follow suit.

Whoever cannot follow suit must draw from the pack until he can.

A cord of wood made an effort to follow suit 17 but did not succeed.

Of course the others were expected to do the same, and quickly did they follow suit.

But if the rest of you are bound to go ashore, I suppose I'll have to follow suit.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, "attendance at court, the company attending," also their livery or uniform, via Anglo-French siwte, from Old French suitte "attendance, act of following," from Gallo-Romance *sequita, fem. of *sequitus, from Latin secutus, past participle of sequi "to attend, follow" (see sequel).

Meaning "application to a court for justice, lawsuit" is first recorded early 15c. Meaning "set of clothes to be worn together" is attested from early 15c., from notion of the livery or uniform of court attendants. As a derisive term for "businessman," it dates from 1979. Meaning "set of playing cards bearing the same symbol" is first attested 1520s, also from the notion of livery. Hence, to follow suit (1670s), which is from card playing.

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