on the coattails of
coattails coattails n. pl. [fig.] the influence of another person; the effect of association with another person; as, he was elected to office on the president's coattails. [PJC]

{on the coattails of} (a) helped by association with another person. See {coattails}. (b) caused by, or immediately following (an event). [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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