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.
See also: hitch, wagon

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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I'm shocked anybody would want to hitch their wagon to mine, but we're a good fit.
Neither there is a NRO nor a place where they could hitch their wagon to have breathing space to dodge the bullet of accountability or recoup for another field day.
They also hitch their wagon to the work of activists both past and present, even American colonists who sought to perfect our union.
The Bears believe the second overall pick in last year's draft is the horse they can hitch their wagon to in a rebuilding project that has failed to gain much traction.
outside court As the R&A initiatives, effectively due to be funded by Sky's cash, will concentrate on attracting younger players to the game, and focusing on the health benefits for older golfers, it appears the organisation had little choice but to break with tradition and hitch their wagon to the nation's most powerful sports broadcaster.
"They should not hitch their wagon to Celtic for their own political purposes.
They hitch their wagon to every protest and campaign for self-publicity whilst hiding their own responsibility for shutting down the financial support desperately needed to maintain the barest of essential services.
Every child can now hitch their wagon to a star because they have hope in terms of a better life.
We've become such a big force, so successful, that a lot of groups will try to hitch their wagon to us.
"CIOs are not paid to hitch their wagon to a single vendor," Adibi said.
It's not clear, but the most interesting subplot of the Republican race is which candidate the neocons will hitch their wagon to in order to ensure that the next presidency is marked by war and the quest for empire.
The two men are the latest to hitch their wagon to the US invasion of the Premier League.
Even the fact that, from the outset, they were so eager to hitch their wagon to the "greater" cause of art takes on an aspirational urgency within this social context that is fundamentally alien to more privileged classes.
After a breezy excursion through the postmodern perspective, they hitch their wagon to the Habermasian "informed and structured" dialogue to develop a narrative of the community.
These Games, like all those in living memory, might be a juggernaut for the wealthy, the corporate, the political opportunists to hitch their wagon to...