coat-tails

1) N-PLURAL: oft poss N Coat-tails are the two long pieces at the back of a tailcoat.
2) PHRASE: usu PHR after v If you do something on the coat-tails of someone else, you are able to do it because of the other person's success, and not because of your own efforts.

Then, he was largely unknown and could ride on the coat-tails of Reagan.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • coat-tails — UK US noun [plural] the two long pieces that form the bottom part of the back of a man’s formal jacket Thesaurus: parts of clothesmeronym jackets and coatshyponym Phrase: on someone s coat tails * * * ˈcoat tails [ …   Useful english dictionary

  • coat tails — plural noun The long back pieces of a tail coat • • • Main Entry: ↑coat …   Useful english dictionary

  • coat-tails — UK / US noun [plural] the two long pieces that form the bottom part of the back of a man s formal jacket • on someone s coat tails …   English dictionary

  • coat-tails — /ˈkoʊt teɪlz/ (say koht taylz) plural noun the divided, tapering skirts, or tails of a man s tail coat …   Australian English dictionary

  • on someone's coat-tails — on (someone s) coat tails if you achieve something on someone s coat tails, you only achieve it because of their help or influence. She d risen to fame on the coat tails of her half sister …   New idioms dictionary

  • on coat-tails — on (someone s) coat tails if you achieve something on someone s coat tails, you only achieve it because of their help or influence. She d risen to fame on the coat tails of her half sister …   New idioms dictionary

  • on somebody's coat-tails — on sb s coat tails idiom using the success and influence of another person to help yourself become successful • She got where she is today on her brother s coat tails. Main entry: ↑coat tailsidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • on someone's coat-tails — on someone’s coat tails phrase using someone else’s success to get an advantage for yourself Thesaurus: to have, or to take advantage of, an opportunitysynonym Main entry: coat tails …   Useful english dictionary

  • on someone's coat-tails — ► on someone s coat tails undeservedly benefiting from another s success. Main Entry: ↑coat tail …   English terms dictionary

  • on someone's coat tails — Achieving one s position as a result of the promotion or advancement of a person to whom one has attached oneself, and not by one s own merit • • • Main Entry: ↑coat …   Useful english dictionary

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