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    follow somebody's cue = take the cue from somebody

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    Medvedev follows Putin's cueand empowers the FSB.

    cue (n) = a stimulus that provides information about what to do

    follow somebody's cue = take one's (or the) cue from somebody

    Ben. Getting coarse a bit early, aren't we?
    Sally. As usual, I take my cue from you.

    Thanks for your efforts.



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    Re: follow somebody's cue = take the cue from somebody

    Hello Vil,

    Your interpretation looks fine to me.

    As you probably already know, a "cue" (either as a stage direction, or as a particular word or phrase in the script) marks the point at which an actor should say or do a particular thing.

    Thus some word or deed of Putin's indicates to Medvedev that he should empower the FSB; and some coarseness of Ben's, according to Sally, leads her into something similar.

    Best wishes,


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