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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Since Francis Ford Coppola is considered a major American director and his daughter Sofia has a more limited filmography to date, it would be easy to see the book's subject as a less-skilled woman riding on the coattails of a more-skilled man.
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We were riding on the coattails of the Rose Bowl and the Cotton Bowl.
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