I was trying to translate a text from Brazilian-Portuguese into english and I got stuck at a slang phrase we have. Here in Brazil, we use the word "puxar" ("to pull" in English) with an additional meaning close to: "to inherit or mimic a parent's trait or behavior". I'm not sure if there is an equivalent word or phrase in English. Can anyone help me find a verb or a verb-like expression that means it?


"take after" is the phrase you're looking for.

The young boy surely takes after his dad, see how he enjoys soccer.

  • take after - "to be like or to look like someone in your family."

If you take after a member of your family, you resemble them in your appearance, your behaviour, or your character. - Collins

  • Most of my children take after my husband, both in appearance and character.
  • She takes after her grandfather in her talent for design.
  • You take after your mother—you have her nose and eyes.
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  • You really ought to look for likely duplicates before repeating answers. – Edwin Ashworth Aug 16 '16 at 22:06
  • @EdwinAshworth I expect that's what you say to every member here who answers a duplicate, irrespective of who they are. – Centaurus Aug 16 '16 at 22:10
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    No; the probability increases dramatically with the likely non-checker's (and an in-house search for 'take after' leads rapidly to the original) reputation. – Edwin Ashworth Aug 16 '16 at 22:18

We have an idiom "the apple doesn't fall far from the tree" to convey this though it is not very succinct. Perhaps "family mimicry"?

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  • I was asking for something that could be used like a verb, anyways thanks for the help. – Luke Aug 16 '16 at 21:52

Where I'm from, we say that someone "got it honest."

Another way to say it is to say that you came by something honestly.

"Fig. to inherit something—such as a character trait-from one's parents. 'I know I'm mean. I came by it honestly, though.' 'She came by her kindness honestly.'"

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