Definition of coattail in English:



usually coattails
  • Each of the flaps formed by the lower back of a coat, especially a tailcoat.

    ‘He wears a top hat and coat-tails, and white spats on shoes the color of Alaskan hematite.’
    • ‘The exotically-titled serjeant at arms - leader of the men who wear black coat-tails and tights, and responsible for security - could well fall on his sword.’
    • ‘Vettriano has changed the chairs, restyled the diner's hair to reveal more of the nape of her neck and reshaped the men's coat-tails to show the wind licking at them.’
    • ‘He hardly felt the little boy tug on his coat-tails as he limped through the snow.’



/ˈkōtˌtāl/ /ˈkoʊtˌteɪl/


    ride the coattails of
    • Benefit from the success of (another), sometimes undeservedly.

      ‘she's riding the coattails of the other three and doesn't deserve to be mentioned alongside them’
      • ‘he was elected on the coattails of his predecessor’
      • ‘Because when you've only been on one station and you've worked with very experienced people, inevitably you ride on their coat-tails.’
      • ‘What sort of a book was going to be produced by a couple of guys who were trying to come in on Dan Brown 's coat-tails?’
      • ‘Larry has a very clear moral standpoint: ‘You can compete with me, but you can't do so by riding on my coat-tails.’
      • ‘By riding on their coat-tails we gain the protection of the world's greatest power and punch above our weight on the world stage.’
      • ‘All year I was kind of riding their coat-tails.’
      • ‘Sounds brutal, I know, but if you think about it, what makes popular people popular is that everyone else clings to their coat-tails in the hope that some of the Revered One's irresistibility will rub off on them.’
      • ‘‘Get off my coat-tails, you free-loader’.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, on the outbreak of war in 1914 all major powers had some form of nascent air force, though these were firmly tied to the coat-tails of the existing armed services.’
      • ‘But he was not just riding on his father's coat-tails.’
      • ‘But Stewart's company, which he formed with his wife Linda, is not just another business jumping on the coat-tails of the telecoms revolution.’
      • ‘Sequels normally disappoint audiences as they are cheap imitations of the original films, and tend to ride on the coat-tails of box office success.’
      • ‘Scotland's economy is set for two years of ‘robust growth’ as it rides on the coat-tails of the continuing global recovery.’
      • ‘If it's not done now, this country will forever be defined as the me-too nation that follows on its bigger neighbour's coat-tails.’
      • ‘He came in here, finally, on the coat-tails of his colleagues.’