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climb on the bandwagon

To join or follow something once it is successful or popular. I can't stand these people who just climb on the bandwagon after a win. Where were they last year when the team was terrible? A: "I thought your mom hated that candidate." B: "Well, he's the president now, so she's climbed on the bandwagon."
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*on the bandwagon

Fig. on the popular side (of an issue); taking a popular position. (*Typically: be ~; climb ~; get ~; hop ~; jump ~.) You really should get on the bandwagon. Everyone else is. Jane has always had her own ideas about things. She's not the kind of person to jump on the bandwagon.
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jump on the bandwagon

also get on the bandwagon
to support something that is popular Publishers jumped on the CD-ROM bandwagon even though they didn't know if they could sell CD-ROMs.
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get/jump/leap on the bandwagon

to become involved in an activity which is successful so that you can get the advantages of it yourself The success of the product led many companies to jump on the bandwagon. Publishers are rushing to get on the CD-ROM bandwagon.
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on the bandwagon, get

Also, climb or hop or jump on the bandwagon . Join a cause or movement, as in More and more people are getting on the bandwagon to denounce cigarette smoking. This expression alludes to a horse-drawn wagon carrying a brass band, used to accompany candidates on campaign tours in the second half of the 1800s. By about 1900 it was extended to supporting a campaign or other cause.
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on the bandwagon

mod. with the majority; following the latest fad. (Often with hop, get, climb, or jump.) Tom always has to climb on the bandwagon. He does no independent thinking.
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Even when the bandwagon hypothesis was true, the data analysis might show some economic benefits.
The measurement of the bandwagon pressure is difficult as the scarcity of the published empirical studies in this area demonstrates.
In the presence of strong bandwagon pressures, firms would adopt innovation with or without any conviction of higher firm value.
We conclude that innovation adoption involving JIT and TQM has not been implemented just because there were bandwagon pressures.
If this pattern of late movement to a winning party recurred systematically, then the bandwagon explanation seems more valid.
Although there is no linkage provided indicating whether they are aware of certain polls, the logic of the bandwagon thesis suggests that if voters expected their party to perform poorly, they would be more likely to defect.
The bandwagon hypothesis anticipates voters deserting a sinking ship and moving toward a vessel with better prospects.
5% among those who thought the Liberal prospects were under 50% switched, a result supporting the bandwagon hypothesis.
To complete the analogy, if the bandwagon effect pertains, voters are more likely to switch to a party they feel has a better chance of winning.
Again there is little patterned evidence of a bandwagon.
It is not the intent of the paper to deny the existence of evidence that is consistent with the bandwagon phenomenon.
Although the bandwagon effect has been the focus of this paper, it certainly is not the only type of intervention that could interfere with the process.
While one can affirm the absence of any prevailing general bandwagon effect, there is little basis to suggest that the thesis can be categorically dismissed in all circumstances.
Another perspective on this matter suggests that concern with whether a bandwagon or comparable effect exists, finesses a more important point.
Richard Henshel and William Johnston, "The Emergence of Bandwagon Effects: A Theory", The Sociological Quarterly, 28, 1987, p.