Definitions for on the coattails
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on the coattails, one one's coattails(adverb)
immediately following or undeservedly benefiting from
"the CEO resigned on the coattails of the scandal"; "he was elected on his predecessor's coattails"
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Man is a natural polygamist: he always has one woman leading him by the nose, and another hanging on to his coattails.
Presidential candidates have coattails; congressional candidates do not, but more money may be spent on field operations.
To stand up to China, we need to develop our economy and our capacity for external defense, we can't do this by hanging on the coattails of Uncle Sam.
I just needed to hang on his coattails, he was kicking me on today, for sure. I was trying to keep up with him and didn't want to let him get too far ahead.
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