Meaning of trail one's coat in English:

trail one's coat


  • Deliberately provoke a quarrel or fight.

    ‘She also trailed her coat in relation to an entirely new point in respect of which she wished to reserve her position, but which she did not argue before me.’
    • ‘We asked teachers all over the UK for their views and trailed our coats at innumerable meetings.’
    • ‘Not only has he chanced his hand, but he has sometimes trailed his coat.’
    • ‘It would be an understatement to say that he trailed his coat in front of the House of Lords.’