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coattail

[ koht-teyl ]
/ ˈkoʊtˌteɪl /
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noun

the back of the skirt on a man's coat or jacket.
one of the two back parts of the skirt of a coat, especially one of the tails on a tail coat.

adjective

gained by association with another, especially with a successful or celebrated person: coattail benefits.

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Idioms for 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.

Origin of coattail

First recorded in 1590–1600; coat + tail1
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British Dictionary definitions for coattail

coat-tail

noun

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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