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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Synonyms for strong suit


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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Foreign policy is far from López Obrador's strong suit. Dudley Althaus, Washington Post, "Mexico’s leftist president-elect begins his outreach to the U.S. and Trump," 6 July 2018 Putin’s strong suit is in projecting Russian power. Washington Post, "As he begins a new term, Putin pushes lofty goals for Russia," 5 May 2018 Finally, fuel economy is not a strong suit of the Santa Fe. Greg Fink, Car and Driver, "2018 Hyundai Santa Fe," 10 Jan. 2018 So, full disclosure here — geography isn't my strong suit. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Five things I learned just this year about going to Summerfest with kids," 28 June 2018 Iceland’s defense, its strong suit, eventually got exposed by the skill and speed of Musa. Grant Wahl,, "Subs Spark Brazil, Musa Inspires Nigeria, Stars Shine for Switzerland at World Cup," 22 June 2018 His strong suit is collaboration among the business community, the county and the city government. Mary Jane Brewer,, "Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell is a busy bee about town: Medina Local Legends," 21 June 2017 Brinson’s defense has been his strong suit in a first half speckled his uneven performances at the plate. Matthew Defranks,, "A Closer Look: Arizona Diamondbacks 2, Miami Marlins 1," 28 June 2018 The appointments show Sanchez laying out his credentials to be credible on the economy -- a strong suit for his predecessor Mariano Rajoy -- and enforcing the rule of law in Catalonia. Esteban Duarte,, "Sanchez's Spanish Cabinet Sends Signal on Catalonia, Economy," 5 June 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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