All of us have a person; our elder siblings or friends or any one who we are inspired by. For example my elder sister, I love the way she carries herself, her personality, her poise, that I try my best to copy her. So my question is how would i say, any specific word for this? That I'm always trying to imitate her style

  • Idol? oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/idol See also my comment at oerkelens below.
    – Kris
    Jan 11, 2015 at 12:11
  • "At only seventeen years old, she became a very popular idol and role model for young women in African American popular culture, and continues to claim admiring attention when she appears in public." (on Jordin Sparks 2007 American Idol) books.google.co.in/…
    – Kris
    Jan 11, 2015 at 12:21
  • @kris is there any phrasal verb/ expression for idol
    – Ardis Ell
    Jan 11, 2015 at 12:38
  • "My hero." Also, "He was the Beau Idéal of the Regular Army" oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/beau-id%C3%A9al
    – Kris
    Jan 11, 2015 at 12:51
  • I want to suggest to study [your sister's] every move as an expression. I think it has the diligence, thoroughness, and attention-to-detail you're looking for, but I can't find a source explicitly saying that the study is actually put into practice. I have seen it used in that way though, as this article quotes one football player talking about his inspiration: "I study his every move…. I prepare every game like I’m him."
    – user39720
    Jan 11, 2015 at 20:59

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You are always emulating her.


to try to equal or excel; imitate with effort to equal or surpass:

to emulate one's father as a concert violinist....

Sons often emulate their fathers.


(Some dictionaries define it as equalling or excelling [not trying to]. So sometimes people use try/trying to emulate to convey this meaning.)


That would be your role model. Merriam-Webster tells us:

someone who another person admires and tries to be like

  • +1 However, it'd be good if there's a single word/ term for idol + role model which is more like what the OP refers to.
    – Kris
    Jan 11, 2015 at 12:14

There are a couple of phrasal verbs you can consider:

model oneself on

Take (someone admired or respected) as an example to copy:

he models himself on rock legend Elvis Presley


pattern yourself on sb/sth (BrE)

to copy something or someone:

She patterns herself on her big sister.


There are common phrases like follow someone's lead or follow/tread in someone's footsteps but they are usually used when you do the same job or the same things in your life as someone else, especially a family member.

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