Definition of ride the coattails of in English:

ride the coattails of


(also ride on 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.’