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coat +‎ tail


coattail (plural coattails)

  1. The flap at the back of a coat that hangs down, sometimes below the waist.
  2. (usually in the plural, figuratively) Success of a figure, organization or movement that transfers to those who associate with it.
    • 2012, The Economist, Oct 6th 2012; The Senate: Not so flippable
      Mr Obama’s coat-tails may help lift Wall-Street-basher Elizabeth Warren past pickup-driving Everyman and one-time nude pin-up Scott Brown in Massachusetts [...]

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