strong suit


Definition of strong suit

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

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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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That’s typically Morris’ strong suit, Alliance Principal Lorna Fast Buffalo Horse said., "For this Portland grad, senior year meant 4 a.m. wake-ups, two-hour commutes and lessons in motherhood," 7 June 2019 So if remembering things isn’t your strong suit, this strategy might not be for you. Caitlin Kelly, WIRED, "How to Stream the 2019 World Cup for Free," 6 June 2019 One of my strong suits is getting guys to chase out of the zone. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Phillies beat Padres; Paddack continues to be plagued by bunches of hits, homers," 5 June 2019 That steep downside leaves the task of sustaining the story to Mr. Cranston, whose strongest suit is drama rather than comedy. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘The Upside’ Review: Uplift on Demand," 10 Jan. 2019 Glenbrook North coach Dom Savino said pitching is a strong suit for the Spartans with Barnes and Garibaldi returning as senior starters. Steve Sadin,, "Pioneer Press baseball preview: Central Suburban North," 15 Mar. 2018 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

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First Known Use of strong suit

1742, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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English Language Learners Definition of strong suit

: something that a person does well

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