coat-trailing

[ koht-trey-ling ]
/ ˈkoʊtˌtreɪ lɪŋ /

noun British.

behavior that is deliberately provocative.

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Origin of coat-trailing

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