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climb on the bandwagon

To join or follow something once it is successful or popular. I can't stand these people who just climb on the bandwagon after a win. Where were they last year when the team was terrible? A: "I thought your mom hated that candidate." B: "Well, he's the president now, so she's climbed on the bandwagon."
See also: bandwagon, climb, on

leap on the bandwagon

To join or follow something once it is successful or popular. I can't stand these people who just leap on the bandwagon after a win. Where were they last year when the team was terrible? A: "I thought your mom hated that candidate." B: "Well, he's the president now, so she just leaped on the bandwagon."
See also: bandwagon, leap, on

get on the bandwagon

To join or follow something once it is successful or popular. I can't stand these people who just get on the bandwagon after a win. Where were they last year when the team was terrible? A: "I thought your mom hated that candidate." B: "Well, he's the president now, so she decided to get on the bandwagon."
See also: bandwagon, get, on

jump on the bandwagon

To join or follow something once it is successful or popular. I can't stand these people who just jump on the bandwagon after a win. Where were they last year when the team was terrible? A: "I thought your mom hated that candidate." B: "Well, he's the president now, so she decided to jump on the bandwagon."
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*on the bandwagon

Fig. on the popular side (of an issue); taking a popular position. (*Typically: be ~; climb ~; get ~; hop ~; jump ~.) You really should get on the bandwagon. Everyone else is. Jane has always had her own ideas about things. She's not the kind of person to jump on the bandwagon.
See also: bandwagon, on

on the bandwagon, get

Also, climb or hop or jump on the bandwagon . Join a cause or movement, as in More and more people are getting on the bandwagon to denounce cigarette smoking. This expression alludes to a horse-drawn wagon carrying a brass band, used to accompany candidates on campaign tours in the second half of the 1800s. By about 1900 it was extended to supporting a campaign or other cause.
See also: get, on

jump on the bandwagon

COMMON If someone jumps on the bandwagon, they suddenly become involved in an activity because it is likely to succeed or it is fashionable. There will always be people ready to jump on the bandwagon and start classes in whatever is fashionable, with little or no training. Why are so many stars now jumping on the fashionable green bandwagon?. Note: Verbs such as climb, get, leap and join are sometimes used instead of jump. A lot of people are climbing on the bandwagon of selling financial services to women. Note: These expressions are usually used in a disapproving way. Note: You can also say that someone is bandwagon-jumping. We welcome any campaign on safety issues, but we don't like the bandwagon-jumping of this organization. Note: Bandwagon is also used in other phrases such as someone's bandwagon is rolling, to mean that an activity or movement is getting increasing support. Major's team believe his bandwagon is rolling with support coming from both sides of the party. Note: In American elections in the past, political rallies often included a band playing on a horse-drawn wagon (= a covered vehicle pulled by horses). Politicians sat on the wagon and those who wanted to show their support climbed on it.
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jump on the bandwagon

join others in doing something or supporting a cause that is fashionable or likely to be successful.
Bandwagon was originally the US term for a large wagon able to carry a band of musicians in a procession.
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climb/jump on the ˈbandwagon

(informal, disapproving) do something that others are already doing because it is successful or fashionable: As soon as their policies became popular, all the other parties started to climb on the bandwagon.At political celebrations in the USA, there was often a band on a large decorated vehicle (= a bandwagon). If somebody joined a particular ‘bandwagon’, they publicly supported that politician in order to benefit from their success.
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on the bandwagon

mod. with the majority; following the latest fad. (Often with hop, get, climb, or jump.) Tom always has to climb on the bandwagon. He does no independent thinking.
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Even when the bandwagon hypothesis was true, the data analysis might show some economic benefits.
The measurement of the bandwagon pressure is difficult as the scarcity of the published empirical studies in this area demonstrates.
In the presence of strong bandwagon pressures, firms would adopt innovation with or without any conviction of higher firm value.
We conclude that innovation adoption involving JIT and TQM has not been implemented just because there were bandwagon pressures.
If this pattern of late movement to a winning party recurred systematically, then the bandwagon explanation seems more valid.
Although there is no linkage provided indicating whether they are aware of certain polls, the logic of the bandwagon thesis suggests that if voters expected their party to perform poorly, they would be more likely to defect.
The bandwagon hypothesis anticipates voters deserting a sinking ship and moving toward a vessel with better prospects.
5% among those who thought the Liberal prospects were under 50% switched, a result supporting the bandwagon hypothesis.
To complete the analogy, if the bandwagon effect pertains, voters are more likely to switch to a party they feel has a better chance of winning.
Again there is little patterned evidence of a bandwagon.
It is not the intent of the paper to deny the existence of evidence that is consistent with the bandwagon phenomenon.
Although the bandwagon effect has been the focus of this paper, it certainly is not the only type of intervention that could interfere with the process.
While one can affirm the absence of any prevailing general bandwagon effect, there is little basis to suggest that the thesis can be categorically dismissed in all circumstances.
Another perspective on this matter suggests that concern with whether a bandwagon or comparable effect exists, finesses a more important point.
Richard Henshel and William Johnston, "The Emergence of Bandwagon Effects: A Theory", The Sociological Quarterly, 28, 1987, p.