hitch (one's) wagon to (someone or something)

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hitch (one's) wagon to (someone or something)

To attempt to benefit from something or someone else's success or potential by closely associating with it or them. Be careful about hitching your wagon to the senator—some say his seat is in jeopardy. Joe got lucky by hitching his wagon to that startup before it was bought.
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hitch your wagon to someone/something

If someone hitches their wagon to a successful person or thing, they try to use that person or thing to make themselves more successful. Jones isn't the only footballer to have hitched his wagon to brand promotion. They made a big mistake hitching their wagon to The Beatles. Note: You can also say that you hitch your wagon to a star or to someone's star, with the same meaning. Giammetti had the good fortune to hitch his wagon to a brilliant star. A powerful network had by now hitched their wagons to Johnson's star. Note: This is a quotation from the essay `Civilization' (1870) by the American writer Ralph Waldo Emerson: `Now that is the wisdom of a man, in every instance of his labor, to hitch his wagon to a star, and see his chore done by the gods themselves.'
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Boots Anson-Roa: In one public event, Kuya Germs surprised me by confessing that his real name was Molina, and that he just borrowed my father, Sampaguita contract star Oscar Moreno's surname so he could hitch his wagon to a star and claim to be Papa's long-lost relative.
To get a shot at the presidency, the once-progressive Massachusetts governor had to hitch his wagon to the narrow agenda of the faction that have taken over the Grand Old Party.
And if rumours are true, Deputy Regeneration Minister Leighton Andrews might even ditch his own ambition and hitch his wagon to Mr Jones'.
It was crazy to hitch his wagon to Labour's star when his success was due to the precise opposite - and when that star was already in decline.
Mancini pulled off the coup of the season so far by persuading Adriano to hitch his wagon to the Inter camp until the end of the decade and if they are not European Champions as well as the best in Serie A within those five years - a title they haven't won since 1989 - then the coach won't be around.
Perhaps Robin could hitch his wagon to one of the sports management companies or major music industry players and package up a deal to follow the artist/client on world tour?