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

  Follow \Fol"low\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Followed; p. pr. & vb.
     n. Following.][OE. foluwen, folwen, folgen, AS. folgian,
     fylgean, fylgan; akin to D. volgen, OHG. folg[=e]n, G.
     folgen, Icel. fylgja, Sw. f["o]lja, Dan. f["o]lge, and perh.
     to E. folk.]
     1. To go or come after; to move behind in the same path or
        direction; hence, to go with (a leader, guide, etc.); to
        accompany; to attend.
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              It waves me forth again; I'll follow it. --Shak.
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     2. To endeavor to overtake; to go in pursuit of; to chase; to
        pursue; to prosecute.
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              I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they
              shall follow them.                    --Ex. xiv. 17.
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     3. To accept as authority; to adopt the opinions of; to obey;
        to yield to; to take as a rule of action; as, to follow
        good advice.
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              Approve the best, and follow what I approve.
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              Follow peace with all men.            --Heb. xii.
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              It is most agreeable to some men to follow their
              reason; and to others to follow their appetites.
                                                    --J. Edwards.
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     4. To copy after; to take as an example.
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              We had rather follow the perfections of them whom we
              like not, than in defects resemble them whom we
              love.                                 --Hooker.
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     5. To succeed in order of time, rank, or office.
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     6. To result from, as an effect from a cause, or an inference
        from a premise.
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     7. To watch, as a receding object; to keep the eyes fixed
        upon while in motion; to keep the mind upon while in
        progress, as a speech, musical performance, etc.; also, to
        keep up with; to understand the meaning, connection, or
        force of, as of a course of thought or argument.
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              He followed with his eyes the flitting shade.
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     8. To walk in, as a road or course; to attend upon closely,
        as a profession or calling.
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              O, had I but followed the arts!       --Shak.
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              O Antony! I have followed thee to this. --Shak.
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     Follow board (Founding), a board on which the pattern and
        the flask lie while the sand is rammed into the flask.
     To follow the hounds, to hunt with dogs.
     To follow suit (Card Playing), to play a card of the same
        suit as the leading card; hence, colloquially, to follow
        an example set.
     To follow up, to pursue indefatigably.
     Syn: Syn.- To pursue; chase; go after; attend; accompany;
          succeed; imitate; copy; embrace; maintain.
     Usage: - To Follow, Pursue. To follow (v.t.) denotes
            simply to go after; to pursue denotes to follow with
            earnestness, and with a view to attain some definite
            object; as, a hound pursues the deer. So a person
            follows a companion whom he wishes to overtake on a
            journey; the officers of justice pursue a felon who
            has escaped from prison.
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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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