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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The earphones and headphones segment is expected to ride the coattails of this trend, with strong sales expected in the region.
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.
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.
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.
The Times' reference to a high-school student is an attempt to ride the coattails of a shooting spree on the Red Lake Indian reservation in Minnesota.
From 1932 onward Herndon would ride the coattails of the Scottsboro case when, on the mere evidence of CP publications found in his Atlanta bedroom, he was sentenced under a slave-era statute to 18-to-20 years on the Georgia chain gang for "attempting to incite insurrection.
Many people believe that the services for the public good (education, libraries, and health) will ride the coattails of such entertainment services.
If the coffee-buying public takes note of these roasters' statements about the features and benefits of high-altitude roasting, will other roasters ride the coattails of this approach?
Future winners" in the drinking water industry will facilitate smart-meter sales and ride the coattails of their success, including algorithmic event predictors, leak locators, and other methods for automating collection and application of smart meter data.
Now come the mimics (who shall not be named) with little creativity who are trying to ride the coattails of this New York City institution.
NEW YORK-Audio manufacturers looking to ride the coattails of the flat-panel television sales boom are launching new thin speakers designed to match the look and feel of LCD and plasma TVs.