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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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
Survey results reveal that iPhones aren't the only Apple devices making inroads; in many cases, OS X gear is riding the coattails of the hugely popular iOS-based devices.
It's a "package deal" when riding the coattails of another company.
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.
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.
Cray envisions two ways of riding the coattails of the recent revolution in molecular biology.
Execution strategies riding the coattails of foreign jurisdictions and investor bases, such as those employed by La Hipotecaria, should be less appropriate going forward.
And so the film version, opening this week, isn't exactly riding the coattails of book-to-film franchises like "The Hunger Games'' and "Divergent.
Riding the coattails of Spiderman, Hannah Montana, Pirates of the Caribbean's Jack Sparrow, and others, the market will continue to grow through 2011, but at a slightly lower than historical CAGR rate, at seven percent.