gained by association with another, especially with a successful or celebrated person: coattail benefits.
Idioms about coattail
on someone's coattails, aided by association with another person: The senator rode into office on the president's coattails.
on the coattails of, immediately after or as a result of: His decline in popularity followed on the coattails of the scandal.
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How to use coattail in a sentence
Depositing her tenderly upon a pile of hot bricks, he mopped his steaming front with his warm coat-tail.The Fiend's Delight | Dod Grile
He sits wi' little ease wha sits on his neighbour's coat tail.The Proverbs of Scotland | Alexander Hislop
I carried five messages to one fellow with a coat-tail straight to his heels, last week.Evan Harrington, Complete | George Meredith
Then he again uttered an exclamation, for a bounding cannon ball—ricochetting from the deck—took off the end of his coat-tail.Famous Privateersmen and Adventurers of the Sea | Charles H. L. Johnston
I had sold two dozen at fifty cents apiece when I felt somebody pull my coat tail.The Gentle Grafter | O. Henry
British Dictionary definitions for coat-tail
the long tapering tails at the back of a man's tailed coat
on someone's coat-tails thanks to the popularity or success of someone else
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