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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Of course, the rally is not unique to the United States, and we could just be riding the coattails of global growth.
He wanted to be famous for years, desperately riding the coattails of Jade Goody's bloke Jack Tweed and flogging two-minute relationships with little-known glamour models.
During the pre-recession flipping boom, many flippers were just buying regular, non-distressed properties at full market value and then just riding the coattails of home-price appreciation to get their profit rather than adding any real value to the home.
ProPublica, another standard bearer for investigative journalism, is also riding the coattails of the film in soliciting donations to fund its work.
Elahian is organizing a one-day conference for entrepreneurs from the US and Iran, riding the coattails of a recent decision to allow educational exchanges between the two countries.
Petty Larceny -- a Worcester-based Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tribute band -- will be riding the coattails of the soon-to-be-legendary Petty concert at Fenway Park with a "before and after'' show Saturday at Game On Fenway, 82 Landsdowne St.
of paid apps that copycats have been riding the coattails of, duping users into
Last Tuesday, however, after Cayetano asked an unprepared Enrile when he would be ready with his amendments, the veteran legislator riding the coattails of a popular impeachment trial snapped: "I do not know, Madame Senator, when I'm ready.
1 on February22, with the ports operator riding the coattails of a rebound in global container traffic, due mostly to an improving global economic backdrop.
By riding the coattails of the new 'green' technology available in the market today, API will be making a significant impact in reducing the amount of waste in the country's landfills," notes Koeppl.
With its alluring subtitle, The Rise of Feminism, Science, and Art from the Cults of Catholic Europe, the latest addition to Thomas Cahill's "Hinges of History" series, Mysteries of the Middle Ages, may be accused of riding the coattails of The Da Vinci Code.
They're also trying to link Hopkins as an opportunist, riding the coattails of Lynn Swan, the NFL Hall of Famer who's running as a Republican candidate for the Pennsylvania governor's chair.
He is riding the coattails of the most unpopular president since 1978.
It seems that some may be riding the coattails of such metal wall sculpture companies as Artisan House.
Riding the coattails of Okwui Enwezor's postcolonialist Documenta II, they chose the catchy theme "Unplugged: Art as the Scene of Global Conflicts.