the back of the skirt on a man’s or jacket.
one of the two back parts of the skirt of a coat, especially one of the on a .
gained by association with another, especially with a successful or celebrated person:
on someone’s coattails, aided by association with another person:
The senator rode into office on the president’s coattails.
on the coattails of, immediately after or as a result of:
His decline in popularity followed on the coattails of the scandal.
also coat-tail, c.1600, from coat (n.) + tail (n.). In 17c., to do something on one’s own coattail meant “at one’s own expense. Meaning “power of one person,” especially in politics, is from 1848 (in a Congressional speech by Abraham Lincoln, in reference to Andrew Jackson); expression riding (someone’s) coattails into political office is from 1949.
Based on another person’s achievement or quality; derivative: But the Sephardim are not likely to remain contented with coattail power for long
To keep the same musical tempo: You’re still keeping the same time. We called it coattailing (1950s+ Musicians)
on someone’s coattails
see: on someone’s coattails
noun 1. .
[koht-trey-ling] /ˈkoʊtˌtreɪ lɪŋ/ noun, British. 1. behavior that is deliberately provocative.
[koh-aht-sah-kohahl-kohs] /koʊˌɑt sɑˈkoʊɑl koʊs/ noun 1. a city in Veracruz state, E Mexico, on the Gulf of Campeche.
[koh-aw-ther, koh-aw-] /koʊˈɔ θər, ˈkoʊˌɔ-/ noun 1. one of two or more joint . verb (used with object) 2. to write in joint authorship. /kəʊˈɔːθə/ noun 1. a person who shares the writing of a book, article, etc, with another verb 2. (transitive) to be the joint author of (a book, article, etc) n. also […]