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I am reading the script of a TV series "How I Met Your Mother"

The script has this sentence:

Hey, you want to do somethin' tonight? Okay, meet me at the bar in 15 minutes. And suit up! Where's your suit? Just once, when I say suit up, I wish you'd put on a suit.

What does "suit up" means please?

I tried to use a dictionary but it seems it is not a formal phrase.

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In that context, "How I Met Your Mother", Barney literally and specifically means put on a suit, with a jacket and tie.

In other contexts, it means 'prepare for an activity by putting on the appropriate clothes, uniform or equipment.'

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  • So it seems you have watched this series. Do you suggest me to watch it in order to learn more english? and is it a funny tv series like Friends or not ? Apr 21, 2014 at 21:16
  • Sure, it's a pretty good show. It can be very witty at times so if you're learning English, the captions will help a lot.
    – Johns-305
    Apr 21, 2014 at 21:29
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The above answers are correct, but the expression usually has a sense of specialized clothing that has a protective purpose.

For example, a diver might suit up with a wetsuit, or an astronaut would suit up with a space suit.

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it means : to get ready for an activity by putting on a uniform or special clothes.

Suit up, and we go.

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