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.
See also: coattail, of, ride
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THE natural assumption about the soaring popularity of women's football is that it is a new sport riding on the coat-tails of feminism.
Going back and forth, he describes the development of the West as a real place and the Western as a film genre itself riding on the coat-tails of the westward push of the 19th century.
Whether it was a shameless plug, or a case of one British institution riding on the coat-tails of another's success (you decide who's who), this was ticklish stuff.
He added: "It looks like Downing Street are riding on the coat-tails of the Americans.
But riding on the coat-tails of the fine event is the utterly unrelated Pink Ribbon Magazine.