From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishtake after somebody phrasal verbLIKE somebody OR somethingto look or behave like an older relativeJenni really takes after her mother.GRAMMAR: Using the progressiveTake after is not used in the progressive. You say: He takes after you.✗Don’t say: He is taking after you. →take→ See Verb table
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take after • Percy was changing so rapidly that no one could tell whom he would eventually take after.• The decision was taken after a two-year long study by the Department of Health.• Helen, Eurydice thought, took after her after all.• She has even been snipped out of a photographtaken after her wedding.• The wind was biting, and sleetblew into our faces and stung our eyes during take after take after take.• Soft-shelled crabs are blue crabs taken after the hard shell has been discarded and the new one is still soft.• He takes after the old feller in that respect.• So she slipped on her magicboots and took after them.