to take after

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - take after

"to take after"

to be like or to look like someone in your family especially a parent, grandparent, or other predecessor


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - take after

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I'm a little worried about my son.

Friend 2:  Why is that?

Friend 1:  He looks a lot like his father.  They are both so overweight.  I'm worried about their health.

Friend 2:  Well, you're very thin so your son must take after his father.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - take after

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Oh, man, we're having corn on the cob for supper tonight.

Friend 2:  You don't like corn on the cob?

Friend 1:  No.  I really don't! But my daughter just loves it.

Friend 2:  She must take after her mother in that department then.

to take after - Usage:


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to take after - Gerund Form:

Taking after his father who is a doctor, he also studied medicine.

to take after - Examples:

1)  I have taught them to my grandchild. She takes after my poor Juliet, and would succeed on the stage, if only her father ...

2)  That girl is the hardest to wake up. She takes after her daddy.

3)  He takes after Meringue who is a bit clumsy as well.

4)  She takes after her middle name "Abigail" in being beautiful, intelligent and discerning.

5)  If the little Mabel takes after mummy, she could be in for a catwalk career.

6)  Aye, she takes after her daddy. He was gorgeous. Those American blue eyes.

7)  The famous Carnivore Restaurant takes after its sister restaurant in Nairobi, Kenya, and offers the same high standard of ...

8)  That one takes after her aunts, pale and slippery, batting her eyelashes if a hairdresser gives her ...

9)  If she takes after her mother, she'll have a pretty good figure, too.

10)  My eldest loves all animals - I guess she takes after me (I'm a vet nurse).

11)  One of my (3) sons is even hairier than me - he takes after my father-in-law and has coarser hair and more follicles.

12)  One of my children takes after me, which is to say: introverted and shy.

13)  I am very fortunate that my husband takes after his mom in many ways.

14)  She has always been very thin. My adult build takes after my dad, who was bigger.

15)  You know, families have come to us with claims that a child neither takes after the mother nor the father in looks and character.

16)  The Muslims here, he told us, had a belief that a person takes after his mother's habits, hence giving some justification for the existence of the custom ...

17)  So I guess he takes after me -- no roller coaster rides for him. 

18)  Walking just isn't something he enjoys (he takes after his father!).

19)  This soup takes after the Mexican tortilla soup but is a much abbreviated version.

20)  ... looks more like her mom. The 16-year-old clearly takes after her mother Sunetra in the looks department, and stood out from the crowd as ...