long suit

the suit in which the most cards are held in a hand.
(in bridge) a suit in which four or more cards are held in a hand.
the quality, activity, endeavor, etc., in which one excels: Diligence is his long suit.


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long suit
1.  a.  the longest suit in a hand of cards
 b.  a holding of four or more cards of a suit
2.  informal an outstanding advantage, personal quality, or talent

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Idioms & Phrases

long suit

One's strong point or advantage, as in Organizing has never been Nancy's long suit. This expression alludes to whist, bridge, and other card games in which holding numerous cards in a single suit may convey a strong advantage. [c. 1900]

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Truth is not their long suit either and deafness to reason is endemic.
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