strong suit


Definition of strong suit

1 : a long suit containing high cards
2 : something in which one excels : forte details of legislation have never been my strong suit— Tip O'Neill

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forte, long suit, métier (also metier), speciality, specialty, thing

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Examples of strong suit in a Sentence

languages are definitely the diplomat's strong suit

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It must be said that for a keenly intelligent statesman of stirring, almost unparalleled, private eloquence, public speaking was not exactly a strong suit. WSJ, "Notable & Quotable: The Real George H.W. Bush," 5 Dec. 2018 Sound quality is one of the Hammerhead USB-C ANC’s stronger suits. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "Razer Hammerhead USB-C ANC review: easy isolation," 20 Dec. 2018 Pre-planning is not their strong suit, among other things. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Axios’ Jonathan Swan explains what the press gets wrong about the Trump administration," 6 Dec. 2018 That's nice to see, given that, with a few exceptions, romance narratives are not usually a strong suit for popular video games (or superhero comics, for that matter). Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Spider-Man for PS4 preview: A love letter to comics and open-world tropes," 2 Aug. 2018 Outside of Instagram, Lively's been photographed in even more strong suits, too. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "Why Blake Lively's Been Wearing So Many Suits Lately: An Investigation," 14 Sep. 2018 Start with some cacio e pepe fritelle, gorgeous fried balls decked out with salty cheese and pepper, and move on to seafood, another Robbins strong suit. Alex Van Buren, Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Italian Restaurants in New York," 27 Feb. 2018 Granted, granular policy details have never been Trump’s strong suit. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Trump’s biggest midterm blunder: embracing Obamacare repeal," 7 Nov. 2018 Long-distance shooting really isn’t their strong suit, though. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Army’s New Howitzer Barrel is Ridiculously Long," 17 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of strong suit

1742, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of strong suit

: something that a person does well

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