Examples from the Web for coattails
On the other, if he squeaks out a victory in a GOP wave year, Republicans may be skeptical that he has coattails.
Not only are they riding the coattails of men, but they are no longer even with these men.How Elin Nordegren Became a Trophy Wife Role Model|Keli Goff|May 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The numbers will ride, as it were, on the coattails of the vision.
Because I left to create a name for myself–and not to ride on any of her coattails.Brad Goreski: On Styling, His New Show & Leaving Rachel Zoe|Isabel Wilkinson|December 20, 2011|DAILY BEAST
They aren't eager young design students hoping to score someone's extra invitation or sneak in on a kindly editor's coattails.
A marriage,—yes; but Frank has only just got into coattails!My Novel, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Zo seconded the invitation by hiding the stick, and laying hold again on her big friend's coattails.Heart and Science|Wilkie Collins
He bustled off in the direction taken by Mr Miller, his coattails flying behind him.The Little Warrior|P. G. Wodehouse
All I ask is a block's start an' some wan holdin' th' polisman's coattails.Mr. Dooley Says|Finley Dunne
Anyhow, Denboro won't hang onto his coattails to hold him back.The Rise of Roscoe Paine|Joseph C. Lincoln
Word Origin and History for coattails
also coat-tail, c.1600, from coat (n.) + tail (n.). In 17c., to do something on one's own coattail meant "at one's own expense. Meaning "power of one person," especially in politics, is from 1848 (in a Congressional speech by Abraham Lincoln, in reference to Andrew Jackson); expression riding (someone's) coattails into political office is from 1949.
Idioms and Phrases with coattails
see on someone's coattails.