Definition of follow suit in English:

follow suit


  • 1(in bridge, whist, and other card games) play a card of the suit led.

    • ‘If a card which is not a trump is led, players who have cards of this suit must either follow suit or trump.’
    • ‘If a non-trump is led and you can follow suit, you cannot play a Joker declaring it to be a trump.’
    • ‘You must follow suit if you can; if you cannot follow suit, any card may be played.’
    • ‘When there are no trumps, a player who is unable to follow suit may play any card.’
    • ‘When a non-trump is led, players who have a card of the suit led must either follow suit or play a trump.’
    • ‘Players must follow suit if possible - a player who cannot follow suit may discard any card.’
    • ‘In these places you are only allowed to play a trump if a trump is led, or if you are unable to follow suit to a non-trump lead.’
    • ‘If there is a trump suit, a player who can follow suit must either follow suit or play a trump if possible.’
    • ‘When a double is led everyone must follow suit with a double if possible.’
    • ‘However, when a non-trump is led and you are following suit, there is no obligation to beat the cards previously played to the trick.’
    1. 1.1 Conform to another's actions.
      ‘Spain cut its rates by half a per cent but no other country has followed suit’
      • ‘If the boss pulls back then his company follows suit, no question.’
      • ‘And the rest follows suit, if you've got the aptitude and talent for it.’
      • ‘And algae follows suit, converting sunlight to growth.’
      • ‘The Downtown Arts District follows suit, with an open house.’
      • ‘The rest of the young cast follows suit, miming up a storm, sipping imaginary sacramental wine from invisible chalices.’
      • ‘Thankfully, the McGuinty government in Ontario kept its promise to raise cigarette taxes; let's hope the federal government follows suit.’
      • ‘The darker, more downhome Black Letter Days follows suit with a similar, constantly undulating quality level.’
      • ‘A map with table numbers covering all seven divisions, trains and destinations and separate indices for Express and Passenger trains follows suit.’
      • ‘Janu follows suit and they share the spoils of quitting.’
      • ‘And if the hotel in Robertstown follows suit it could be another desperate blow to the entire Northwest Kildare area.’
      emulate, copy, take as a model, model oneself on, take as a pattern, pattern oneself after, pattern oneself on, follow the example of, take as an example, take as a role model, take after, follow, follow in someone's footsteps, follow in someone's steps
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