When playing cards, specifically games in which the goal is to take tricks (games such as Bridge, Hearts, Spades, or Euchre), players must follow suit by playing the same suit from their hands as what was lead. For instance, if diamonds are put down by the person opening that round, and you have diamonds in your hand, then you must play them.
The phrase follow suit
has taken on the more general meaning of doing as another person has done; following an example. Synonym
s would include imitate
, or ape
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