ride (one's) coattails

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ride (one's) coattails

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 the governor's coattails for the last two years, but once her term ends you'll be on your own. Jonathan rode the famous professor's coattails to get some recognition for his own work from several esteemed academic journals.
See also: coattail, ride
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If we see China investing heavily in a particular region or asset, it just makes sense to ride their coattails to try to benefit from the inevitable run-up in price which will follow," stated Cohn.
Seldom does one find such a varied host of allusions--ranging from Agnes Pelton to Arthur Dove to Richard Hamilton to Hannah Hoch--but Dowell neither buries his references nor looks to ride their coattails.
The South Korean's breakthrough does not mean other scientists will be able to ride their coattails anytime soon, however.