Idioms

    follow suit,
    1. Cards. to play a card of the same suit as that led.
    2. to follow the example of another: The girl jumped over the fence, and her playmates followed suit.
    suit oneself, to do what one wants to do or what is best for oneself, without regard for others (often used imperatively): I don’t agree with you, but okay, suit yourself.

Origin of suit

1250–1300; Middle English siute, sute, suite (noun) < Anglo-French, Old French, akin to sivre to follow. See sue, suite

Related forms

Can be confused

suit suite
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British Dictionary definitions for suit up

suit

/ (suːt, sjuːt) /

noun

verb

Derived Forms

suitlike, adjective

Word Origin for suit

C13: from Old French sieute set of things, from sivre to follow; compare sue
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Idioms and Phrases with suit up (1 of 2)

suit up


Put on clothes for a particular activity, as in Come on, fellows, it's time to suit up for the hockey game. [Mid-1900s]

Idioms and Phrases with suit up (2 of 2)

suit


In addition to the idioms beginning with suit

  • suit down to the ground
  • suit oneself
  • suit up

also see:

  • birthday suit
  • empty suit
  • follow suit
  • long suit
  • strong point (suit)
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