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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But until then, I'm happy to hitch my wagon to Netflix.
Your Poem UNANSWERED QUESTIONS I was adopted when I was a child, ever since I first found out, I have had a longing deep inside Did my parents abandon me, had they died, the yearning to find out, I simply cannot hide Do I have siblings, or am I alone, am I the product of a broken home What will I find if I dig down deep, all of the secrets they would rather keep Do I resemble my Mum or my Dad, until I know the answer I will always feel sad Was my Mum alone and could not cope, did my Dad get scared and refuse to elope Questions whirl inside my brain, if I get answers, will my adopted parents still treat me the same Should I leave things as they are, or hitch my wagon to a wandering star?