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 for long suit
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Long \Long\, a. [Compar. Longer; superl. Longest.] [AS.
     long, lang; akin to OS, OFries., D., & G. lang, Icel. langr,
     Sw. l[*a]ng, Dan. lang, Goth. laggs, L. longus. [root]125.
     Cf. Length, Ling a fish, Linger, Lunge, Purloin.]
     1. Drawn out in a line, or in the direction of length;
        protracted; extended; as, a long line; -- opposed to
        short, and distinguished from broad or wide.
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     2. Drawn out or extended in time; continued through a
        considerable tine, or to a great length; as, a long series
        of events; a long debate; a long drama; a long history; a
        long book.
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     3. Slow in passing; causing weariness by length or duration;
        lingering; as, long hours of watching.
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     4. Occurring or coming after an extended interval; distant in
        time; far away.
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              The we may us reserve both fresh and strong
              Against the tournament, which is not long.
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     5. Having a length of the specified measure; of a specified
        length; as, a span long; a yard long; a mile long, that
        is, extended to the measure of a mile, etc.
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     6. Far-reaching; extensive. " Long views." --Burke.
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     7. (Phonetics) Prolonged, or relatively more prolonged, in
        utterance; -- said of vowels and syllables. See Short,
        a., 13, and Guide to Pronunciation, [sect][sect] 22, 30.
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     8. (Finance & Com.) Having a supply of stocks or goods;
        prepared for, or depending for a profit upon, advance in
        prices; as, long of cotton. Hence, the phrases: to be, or
        go, long of the market, to be on the long side of the
        market, to hold products or securities for a rise in
        price, esp. when bought on a margin. Contrasted to
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
     Note: Long is used as a prefix in a large number of compound
           adjectives which are mostly of obvious meaning; as,
           long-armed, long-beaked, long-haired, long-horned,
           long-necked, long-sleeved, long-tailed, long- worded,
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     In the long run, in the whole course of things taken
        together; in the ultimate result; eventually.
     Long+clam+(Zool.),+the+common+clam+({Mya+arenaria">Long clam (Zool.), the common clam ({Mya arenaria) of the
        Northern United States and Canada; -- called also
        soft-shell clam and long-neck clam. See Mya.
     Long cloth, a kind of cotton cloth of superior quality.
     Long clothes, clothes worn by a young infant, extending
        below the feet.
     Long division. (Math.) See Division.
     Long dozen, one more than a dozen; thirteen.
     Long home, the grave.
     Long measure, Long meter. See under Measure, Meter.
     Long Parliament (Eng. Hist.), the Parliament which
        assembled Nov. 3, 1640, and was dissolved by Cromwell,
        April 20, 1653.
     Long price, the full retail price.
     Long purple (Bot.), a plant with purple flowers, supposed
        to be the Orchis mascula. --Dr. Prior.
     Long suit
        (a) (Whist), a suit of which one holds originally more
            than three cards. --R. A. Proctor.
        (b) One's most important resource or source of strength;
            as, as an entertainer, her voice was her long suit.
     Long tom.
        (a) A pivot gun of great length and range, on the dock of
            a vessel.
        (b) A long trough for washing auriferous earth. [Western
        (c) (Zool.) The long-tailed titmouse.
     Long wall (Coal Mining), a working in which the whole seam
        is removed and the roof allowed to fall in, as the work
        progresses, except where passages are needed.
     Of long, a long time. [Obs.] --Fairfax.
     To be long of the market, or To go long of the market,
     To be on the long side of the market, etc. (Stock
        Exchange), to hold stock for a rise in price, or to have a
        contract under which one can demand stock on or before a
        certain day at a stipulated price; -- opposed to short
        in such phrases as, to be short of stock, to sell short,
        etc. [Cant] See Short.
     To have a long head, to have a farseeing or sagacious mind.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Suit \Suit\ (s[=u]t), n. [OE. suite, F. suite, OF. suite,
     sieute, fr. suivre to follow, OF. sivre; perhaps influenced
     by L. secta. See Sue to follow, and cf. Sect, Suite.]
     1. The act of following or pursuing, as game; pursuit. [Obs.]
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     2. The act of suing; the process by which one endeavors to
        gain an end or an object; an attempt to attain a certain
        result; pursuit; endeavor.
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              Thenceforth the suit of earthly conquest shone.
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     3. The act of wooing in love; the solicitation of a woman in
        marriage; courtship.
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              Rebate your loves, each rival suit suspend,
              Till this funereal web my labors end. --Pope.
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     4. (Law) The attempt to gain an end by legal process; an
        action or process for the recovery of a right or claim;
        legal application to a court for justice; prosecution of
        right before any tribunal; as, a civil suit; a criminal
        suit; a suit in chancery.
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              I arrest thee at the suit of Count Orsino. --Shak.
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              In England the several suits, or remedial
              instruments of justice, are distinguished into three
              kinds -- actions personal, real, and mixed.
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     5. That which follows as a retinue; a company of attendants
        or followers; the assembly of persons who attend upon a
        prince, magistrate, or other person of distinction; --
        often written suite, and pronounced sw[=e]t.
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     6. Things that follow in a series or succession; the
        individual objects, collectively considered, which
        constitute a series, as of rooms, buildings, compositions,
        etc.; -- often written suite, and pronounced sw[=e]t.
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     7. A number of things used together, and generally necessary
        to be united in order to answer their purpose; a number of
        things ordinarily classed or used together; a set; as, a
        suit of curtains; a suit of armor; a suit of clothes; a
        three-piece business suit. "Two rogues in buckram suits."
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     8. (Playing Cards) One of the four sets of cards which
        constitute a pack; -- each set consisting of thirteen
        cards bearing a particular emblem, as hearts, spades,
        clubs, or diamonds; also, the members of each such suit
        held by a player in certain games, such as bridge; as,
        hearts were her long suit.
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              To deal and shuffle, to divide and sort
              Her mingled suits and sequences.      --Cowper.
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     9. Regular order; succession. [Obs.]
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              Every five and thirty years the same kind and suit
              of weather comes again.               --Bacon.
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     10. Hence: (derived from def 7) Someone who dresses in a
         business suit, as contrasted with more informal attire;
         specifically, a person, such as business executive, or
         government official, who is apt to view a situation
         formalistically, bureaucratically, or according to formal
         procedural criteria; -- used derogatively for one who is
         inflexible, esp. when a more humanistic or imaginative
         approach would be appropriate.
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     Out of suits, having no correspondence. [Obs.] --Shak.
     Suit and service (Feudal Law), the duty of feudatories to
        attend the courts of their lords or superiors in time of
        peace, and in war to follow them and do military service;
        -- called also suit service. --Blackstone.
     Suit broker, one who made a trade of obtaining the suits of
        petitioners at court. [Obs.]
     Suit court (O. Eng. Law), the court in which tenants owe
        attendance to their lord.
     Suit covenant (O. Eng. Law), a covenant to sue at a certain
     Suit custom (Law), a service which is owed from time
     Suit service. (Feudal Law) See Suit and service, above.
     To bring suit. (Law)
         (a) To bring secta, followers or witnesses, to prove the
             plaintiff's demand. [Obs.]
         (b) In modern usage, to institute an action.
     To follow suit.
         (a) (Card Playing) See under Follow, v. t.
         (b) To mimic the action of another person; to perform an
             action similar to what has preceded; as, when she
             walked in, John left the room and his wife followed
     long suit
         (a) (Card Playing) the suit[8] of which a player has the
             largest number of cards in his hand; as, his long
             suit was clubs, but his partner insisted on making
             hearts trumps.. Hence: [fig.] that quality or
             capability which is a person's best asset; as, we
             could see from the mess in his room that neatness was
             not his long suit.
     strong suit same as long suit,
         (b) . "I think our strong suit is that we can score from
             both the perimeter and the post." --Bill Disbrow
             (basketball coach) 1998. "Rigid ideological
             consistency has never been a strong suit of the Whole
             Earth Catalogue." --Bruce Sterling (The Hacker
             Crackdown, 1994)
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  long suit
      n 1: in a hand, the suit having the most cards
      2: an asset of special worth or utility; "cooking is his forte"
         [syn: forte, strong suit, long suit, metier,
         specialty, speciality, strong point, strength] [ant:
         weak point]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  53 Moby Thesaurus words for "long suit":
     ability, area, bag, bump, caliber, capability, capacity,
     cup of tea, dower, dowry, endowment, equipment, faculty, field,
     flair, forte, genius, gift, instinct, line, main interest, makings,
     manner, medium, metier, natural endowment, natural gift, oyster,
     parts, pet subject, potential, power, powers, pursuit,
     qualification, specialism, speciality, specialization, specialty,
     strong flair, strong point, style, talent, talents, technicality,
     the goods, the stuff, thing, type, vocation, way, weakness,
     what it takes

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