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Suit Yourself

Posted by Gary on May 20, 2004

In Reply to: Suit Yourself posted by Alex on May 20, 2004

: What's going on with the phrase suit yourself? I recently said it to a co-worker of mine, and she was apparently feeling a bit saucy because she decided to throw it back in my face, and thus asked me to really ponder the meaning of this undefinable expression.

: Well, I came up with it literally meaning: Hey buddy- grow up, and get dressed your damn self! Or, suit up, without support from another.

: Soooo, the question herein lies- how does this translate into the common usage of this phrase? It being roughly- you're missing out!

: Any thoughts?

Suit is a word with many meanings. In the UK at least this phrase is taken to mean 'Please yourself', i.e. choose the thing that suits (pleases) you.