Imitate or do as someone else has done, as in Bill decided to leave for the rest of the day, and Mary followed suit. This term comes from card games in which one must play a card from the same suit as the one led. [Mid-1800s]
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How to use follow suit in a sentence
Undefeated Harvard, which had three games left, including its finale with Yale, did not follow suit.
One purported ISIS fighter from Canada praised Rouleau and encouraged others to follow suit with violence.
Mitchell and others favoring charters pushed for North Carolina lawmakers to follow suit.At This Creepy Libertarian Charter School, Kids Must Swear ‘to Be Obedient to Those in Authority’ | ProPublica | October 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
At the meeting, Power commended the two for “leading the charge” and urged others to follow suit.Why Isn't Silicon Valley Doing More to Fight Ebola? | Abby Haglage | October 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
When she refused, he then demanded a male employee follow suit before simulating “an oral sex act with him.”His Reputation Precedes Him: Dov Charney’s Blacklist | Justin Jones | June 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The ladies retire, and after a quiet smoke by the roaring hall-fire the gentlemen follow suit.
She is extremely impulsive and confidential, and others follow suit if they are with her.The Romance of His Life | Mary Cholmondeley
Whereupon Machanidas was constrained to follow suit by sending his Tarentines forward also.The Histories of Polybius, Vol. II (of 2) | Polybius
Half the duke's tenants have flown the place already, and the other half are getting ready to follow suit.The Riddle of the Mysterious Light | Mary E. Hanshew
At least, in the Diplomatic Circles of mankind;—if haply the Populations will follow suit!History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XVII. (of XXI.) | Thomas Carlyle