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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There are further gains for oil shares which continue to ride the coat-tails of a further increase in crude prices to levels not seen since mid-2015,'' Wild said.
What'smore,attemptingtotapinto street culture does not necessarily signify a genuine wish to embrace street culture but a ploy to ride the coat-tails of success created by others.
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.
Local churches need to ride the coat-tails of that and embrace it.