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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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coattail

noun
the loose back flap of a coat that hangs below the waist 
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