Definition of follow-the-leader in English:


Syllabification: fol·low-the-lead·er


  • 1A children’s game in which the participants copy the actions and words of a person who has been chosen as leader.
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    • You would have thought I would have learned, but one day after my kiddie afternoon nap, he actually suggested playing a game - follow-my-leader.
    • They are sociable and playful, and like to chase, play follow-my-leader and bodysurf.
    • Joyuko complained, last again in the follow-the-leader game.
  • 1.1The copying of the actions of others, often without consideration of their suitability for oneself: consumers play follow-the-leader when it comes to buying fashion [as modifier]: a follow-the-leader effect in the investments market
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    • The Japanese Prime Minister found himself largely relegated to playing follow-the-leader.
    • The best collective ideas come out of diverse contributions, but some groups might have individuals so strong that others play follow-the-leader instead of thinking for themselves.
    • But it's not always wise to play follow-the-leader.

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elaborate ornamentation of a vocal melody