[ koht-trey-ling ]

  1. behavior that is deliberately provocative.

Origin of coat-trailing

First recorded in 1925–30; from the phrase trail one's coat, provoking someone to step on it

Words Nearby coat-trailing Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use coat-trailing in a sentence

  • There was nothing in all the world but whiteness, and a silly old bodach with a red coat trailing across it.

    The Lost Pibroch | Neil Munro