slipstream

[slip-streem]
noun Also, slip stream.
1.
Aeronautics. the airstream pushed back by a revolving aircraft propeller. Compare backwash ( def 2 ), wash ( def 31 ).
2.
the airstream generating reduced air pressure and forward suction directly behind a rapidly moving vehicle.
verb (used without object)
3.
to ride in the slipstream of a fast-moving vehicle.

Origin:
1910–15; slip1 + stream

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slipstream (ˈslɪpˌstriːm)
 
n
1.  airstream, Also called: race
 a.  the stream of air forced backwards by an aircraft propeller
 b.  a stream of air behind any moving object
 
vb
2.  motor racing to follow (another car, etc) closely in order to take advantage of the decreased wind resistance immediately behind it

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Example sentences
Those with this trait thrive in a slipstream of thought that many can not
  understand.
We are, one starts to believe, starlings in the slipstream.
The hole is open to the slipstream, and the entire aircraft behind the mounting
  bulkhead is vented to the outside.
But they also reduce the wing's slipstream, an area of low-pressure turbulence
  that pulls back on the wing, and hence reduce drag.
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