ride (on) the coattails of (someone)

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ride (on) the coattails of (someone)

To benefit from someone else's success; to use someone else's success as a means to achieve one's own. Everyone knows you've been riding on the coattails of the governor these last two years, but once her term ends, you'll be on your own! Jonathan rode the coattails of his professor to get some recognition for his own work in several esteemed academic journals.
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Two upstate congressional seats are listed among the most hotly contested in the nation and even the state Senate is within the grasp of the Democrats if they ride the coat-tails of the candidates at the top of their ticket.
The Blair Witch Rejects" chronicles the misadventures of an inept group of filmmakers who believe they can ride the coat-tails of the original movie's success by documenting their own local legend.
filmmakers haphazardly rushing to ride the coat-tails of something else, unable to come up with their own original ideas.
Local churches need to ride the coat-tails of that and embrace it.
Glen said he expects the new company to ride the coat-tails of Mattel Toys, which spends over $100 million on mass media advertising.