coattail
coattail \coat"tail\ n. the loose back flap of a coat that hangs below the waist. [WordNet 1.5]

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  • coattail — [kōt′tāl΄] n. the back part of a coat below the waist; esp., either half of this part when divided, as on a swallow tailed coat ☆ ride on someone s coattails or hang on someone s coattails to have one s success dependent on that of someone else …   English World dictionary

  • coattail — /koht tayl /, n. 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, esp. one of the tails on a tail coat. 3. on someone s coattails, aided by association with another person: The senator rode… …   Universalium

  • coattail — coat•tail [[t]ˈkoʊtˌteɪl[/t]] n. 1) clo the back of the skirt on a man s coat or jacket 2) clo one of the two tails on a tail coat 3) cvb gained by association with another: coattail benefits[/ex] • on someone s coattails on the coattails of… …   From formal English to slang

  • coattail — noun Date: circa 1600 1. the rear flap of a man s coat 2. plural the skirts of a dress coat, cutaway, or frock coat 3. plural the influence or pulling power of a popular movement or person (as a political candidate) …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • coattail — noun The flap at the back of a coat that hangs down, sometimes below the waist …   Wiktionary

  • coattail — n. rear flap of a man s coat or tuxedo …   English contemporary dictionary

  • coattail — tailcoat …   Anagrams dictionary

  • coattail —   Kōheoheo, puapua …   English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • coattail — noun the loose back flap of a coat that hangs below the waist (Freq. 1) • Hypernyms: ↑flap • Part Holonyms: ↑coat …   Useful english dictionary

  • Coattail effect — The coattail effect is the tendency for a popular political party leader to attract votes for other candidates of the same party in an election. For example, in the United States, the party of a victorious presidential candidate will often win… …   Wikipedia

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