- gained by association with another, especially with a successful or celebrated person: coattail benefits.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for coattail
He moved off, his coattail bobbing oddly about his hips and his back bowed.
Only the weight of the lumps of metal dangling in his coattail pocket kept him from collapsing.The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol. 1 (of 2)