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[band-wag-uh n] /ˈbændˌwæg ən/
a wagon, usually large and ornately decorated, for carrying a musical band while it is playing, as in a circus parade or to a political rally.
a party, cause, movement, etc., that by its mass appeal or strength readily attracts many followers:
After it became apparent that the incumbent would win, everyone decided to jump on the bandwagon.
Origin of bandwagon
An Americanism dating back to 1850-55; band1 + wagon Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • There's something in an Irishman that drives him into the bandwagon.

    Cappy Ricks Retires Peter B. Kyne
  • Her eyes were set on the bias and she was painted more colors than a bandwagon.

    The Slim Princess George Ade
  • Gid's not to say a teetotaler, but he had to climb into the bandwagon skiff or sink outen sight.

    Rose of Old Harpeth Maria Thompson Daviess
  • Should he jump on the bandwagon of advancement to the stars, hoping to catch the imagination of the voters by it?

    Progress Report Mark Clifton
  • The realists had won; the rest climbed on the bandwagon but quick; and the temple was cleansed.

    Question of Comfort Les Collins
British Dictionary definitions for bandwagon


(US) a wagon, usually high and brightly coloured, for carrying the band in a parade
jump on the bandwagon, climb on the bandwagon, get on the bandwagon, to join or give support to a party or movement that seems to be assured of success
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bandwagon

also band-wagon, 1855, American English, from band (n.2) + wagon, originally a large wagon used to carry the band in a circus procession; as these also figured in celebrations of successful political campaigns, being on the bandwagon came to represent "attaching oneself to anything that looks likely to succeed," a usage first attested 1899 in writings of Theodore Roosevelt.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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