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bandwagon

[band-wag-uh n] /ˈbændˌwæg ən/
noun
1.
a wagon, usually large and ornately decorated, for carrying a musical band while it is playing, as in a circus parade or to a political rally.
2.
a party, cause, movement, etc., that by its mass appeal or strength readily attracts many followers:
After it became apparent that the incumbent would win, everyone decided to jump on the bandwagon.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55, Americanism; band1 + wagon
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British Dictionary definitions for band-wagon

bandwagon

/ˈbændˌwæɡən/
noun
1.
(US) a wagon, usually high and brightly coloured, for carrying the band in a parade
2.
jump on the bandwagon, climb on the bandwagon, get on the bandwagon, to join or give support to a party or movement that seems to be assured of success
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Word Origin and History for band-wagon

bandwagon

n.

also band-wagon, 1855, American English, from band (n.2) + wagon, originally a large wagon used to carry the band in a circus procession; as these also figured in celebrations of successful political campaigns, being on the bandwagon came to represent "attaching oneself to anything that looks likely to succeed," a usage first attested 1899 in writings of Theodore Roosevelt.

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