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long suit

noun
1.
Cards.
  1. the suit in which the most cards are held in a hand.
  2. (in bridge) a suit in which four or more cards are held in a hand.
2.
the quality, activity, endeavor, etc., in which one excels:
Diligence is his long suit.
Origin of long suit
1875-1880
1875-80
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Examples from the Web for long suit
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  • Standing still being Dan'l's long suit, the order was obeyed.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Furthermore, it prevents the adversaries from running a long suit.

    Auction of To-day Milton C. Work
  • We have all felt the injustice of the long suit, which has baffled our best endeavours.

    The Art of Entertaining M. E. W. Sherwood
  • An example of this is a long suit, headed by Ace, Queen, Knave.

    Auction of To-day Milton C. Work
  • Every word that he had said was as true as Gospel and he could sit around and wait a life-time–but waiting was not his long suit.

    Wunpost Dane Coolidge
  • If the holder of the long suit can be kept from the lead, the suit will not be made.

    Auction of To-day Milton C. Work
  • He made Poe and Palmer ever alert and did much to make them the stars they were, as Charlie's long suit was running back punts.

    Football Days William H. Edwards
  • Imagination was not his long suit, so he had no card to follow with.

    The U-boat hunters James B. Connolly
  • "The truth is my long suit," returned Simpkins mendaciously.

    The False Gods George Horace Lorimer
  • So he makes his long suit trumps, feeling that he has a 'certainty.'

    Sharps and Flats John Nevil Maskelyne
British Dictionary definitions for long suit

long suit

noun
1.
  1. the longest suit in a hand of cards
  2. a holding of four or more cards of a suit
2.
(informal) an outstanding advantage, personal quality, or talent
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Idioms and Phrases with long suit

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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