ride (one's) coattails

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ride (one's) coattails

To benefit from someone else's success; to use someone else's success as a means to achieve one's own. Everyone knows you've been riding the governor's coattails for the last two years, but once her term ends you'll be on your own. Jonathan rode the famous professor's coattails to get some recognition for his own work from several esteemed academic journals.
See also: coattail, ride
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On set, I was a nervous wreck, but I felt buoyed knowing that I had such a capable friend who had my back and lovingly let me ride his coattails into teen romance infamy".
Senate, Democrats hope their judges can ride his coattails to the state's highest benches.
Upon his return to England he looks to exploit it for fame and fortune, but there are those who want to ride his coattails (1969) ???
But the Republican congressional rank and file increasingly are falling in line behind Trump as party leaders switch from worries about Trump dragging down the rest of the GOP ticket to looking at how they might be able to ride his coattails.