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.
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.

1850–55, Americanism; band1 + wagon Unabridged
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bandwagon (ˈbændˌwæɡən)
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 & History

1855, Amer.Eng., from band (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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Example sentences
Not every bandwagon rolled after the turn of the year.
It did not take footwear producers long to jump on the bandwagon.
It is best to leave that bandwagon sooner rather then later.
Since then, dozens of news agencies have jumped on the bandwagon.
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