coattail

[koht-teyl]
noun
1.
the back of the skirt on a man's coat or jacket.
2.
one of the two back parts of the skirt of a coat, especially one of the tails on a tail coat.
adjective
3.
gained by association with another, especially with a successful or celebrated person: coattail benefits.
Idioms
4.
on someone's coattails, aided by association with another person: The senator rode into office on the president's coattails.
5.
on the coattails of, immediately after or as a result of: His decline in popularity followed on the coattails of the scandal.

Origin:
1590–1600; coat + tail1

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Word Origin & History

coattails
c.1600, from coat + tail. 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.
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Idioms & Phrases

coattails

see on someone's coattails.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
Other family members ride the superstar's name and coattails to derivative
  careers of their own.
Prohormone preparations rode in on the coattails of the legislation.
Some fans accuse her of riding her brother's coattails.
If seated, ensure that your jacket does not ride-up by sitting on the coattails.
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