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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."
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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."
See also: bandwagon, jump, on

on the bandwagon

Having joined or following along with what is successful, popular, or common among the majority of people. I don't think most people actually care about his politics, they just like getting on the bandwagon of outrage. You're not a fan! You just climb on the bandwagon whenever the team is in the playoffs.
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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.
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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.
See also: bandwagon, climb, jump, on

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.
See also: bandwagon, on

on the bandwagon, to get/climb/hop

To join the cause, movement, or party. The original bandwagon was a horse-drawn wagon bearing a brass band, used in a circus parade. In the second half of the nineteenth century such wagons began to be used in political campaigns as well, accompanying a candidate on speech-making tours. During William Jennings Bryan’s presidential campaign of 1900 the term began to be extended to mean supporting the movement itself. It also was used in Britain: “The Mirror . . . does not jump on bandwagons . . . it isn’t, never has been, and never will be a tin can tied to a political party’s tail” (Daily Mirror, 1966; cited by William Safire).
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"This fundamental flaw, the lack of a coherent political approach, leads him to jump from one bandwagon to another.
In the presence of strong bandwagon pressures, innovation adoptions by firms would not produce higher firm value since there are no real economic benefits to the adopting firms.
The innovation adoption research dealing with the causes of adoption have addressed factors that stimulate innovation (Brophy and Shulman, 1993) and bandwagon pressures, both institutional and competitive (Abrahamson, 1991; Kimberly, 1981; Van de Ven, 1986).
In this article, we examine bandwagon pressure from a different perspective.
The study cannot discern the effect of bandwagon pressure from the overall impact of the operations innovation adoption by top management.
In future research on the measurement of bandwagon pressure, researchers could address the measurement issue by observing the decision-making process of a few chosen executives.
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.
American research experience on the bandwagon effect has been mixed.
Apart from those works, there are other researchers who have been unable to corroborate a bandwagon effect in their inquiry.
The bandwagon effect is not the only illustration of public opinion polls influencing the electoral process, but it is a common enough example that it seems appropriate to explore the relationship of Canadian federal election results with a portrait of the public mood at the beginning of each of those campaigns.
Caution is certainly advisable in drawing any conclusions from such a table, however if there was consistent evidence of a net bandwagon effect at the national level, one would expect to see a different pattern to the results.
Even if there is little indication of nationwide bandwagon voting over time, is it not possible that such a phenomenon could be occurring at sub-national or regional levels?
A related question arises however as to whether increased support for a party in a region, subsequent to its establishing a strong national popularity is necessarily an indication of that region's voters jumping on a bandwagon. There can be a number of other reasons that account for a party gaining support in a region late in a campaign.
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.