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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.
Based on another person's achievement or quality; derivative: But the Sephardim are not likely to remain contented with coattail power for longverb
To keep the same musical tempo: You're still keeping the same time. We called it coattailing (1950s+ Musicians)Related Terms