coat·tail

coat·tail
/ˈkoʊtˌteıl/ noun, pl -tails
1 [count] : a long piece of cloth that hangs down at the back of a man's formal coat
— usually plural

He caught his coattails in the door.

2 coattails [plural] : the help or influence of another person's work, ideas, or popularity

They were elected to Congress by riding (on) the coattails of the President. = They were swept into office on the coattails of the President. [=they were elected because they belong to the same political party as the President, who is very popular]


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