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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But if the ghost of spin-offs past has taught us anything, it's that you can't just ride the coattails of your predecessors to a triumphant finish.
They ride the coattails of the President's undeniable popularity but will readily point the finger when things go wrong.
Shares in Japanese gaming giant Nintendo have extended their week-long rally as investors ride the coattails of the Pokemon Go craze sweeping across the globe, with an estimated 65 million user already playing the game.
Normally "they'd ride the coattails of the presidential candidate.
This very well crafted, empathetic drama should ride the coattails of its similarly themed predecessors to solid sales and decent niche biz in numerous territories.
That may be an advantage for Desir, who would do well to ride the coattails of one of America's greatest narratives.
Though it's not based on a British series, some could say that ABC's Gilded Lillys is hoping to ride the coattails of Downton Abbey mania.
If writers do not know who their audiences are, they can, in essence, ride the coattails of the marketing channels of a traditional publisher.
Don't get me started on the idea of rebranding client-server application architecture as "the private cloud"--a shameless attempt to ride the coattails of cloud computing.
To win a seat in Parliament, a candidate must usually ride the coattails of a powerful political leader.
Hachette Book Group said in a statement that Meyer s books have been a phenomenal sensation" and that "it shouldn t be surprising to hear that other people may seek to ride the coattails of such success.
With all the recent media coverage focused on the election, now would be an ideal time to ride the coattails of famed 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, but that's not what prompted retailer Jeff Christian of White House Home Center to rebuild his store into a replica of the White House.
The stock continued to ride the coattails of a March 20 analyst upgrade report based on earnings growth projections for fiscal 2007 and its position as a strong takeover candidate.
If I was a savvy mayor who had aspirations of becoming the next governor of California and maybe president of the United States, I would ride the coattails of successful school reform of the second-largest school district in the nation and demand all the credit be given to me.
Problem is, Bernhard was brought in under Pischetsrieder and we all know what happens when you ride the coattails of someone who loses his coat.