ride (on) the coattails of (someone)

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ride (on) the coattails of (someone)

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 on the coattails of the governor these last two years, but once her term ends, you'll be on your own! Jonathan rode the coattails of his professor to get some recognition for his own work in several esteemed academic journals.
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During the midterm elections, his Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) party mates failed to ride on the coattails of his resounding victory, winning only three councilor seats despite sweeping the city's top posts.
They need answers now - they dont need a minister who seems happy to ride on the coattails of consultants and hide behind reviews which go nowhere and achieve even less.
Unfortunately, media stocks largely failed to ride on the coattails of the overall market growth seen in the first week of 2018.
"The former Cleveland Ballet was a great institution, and I am not in any way trying to replace or ride on the coattails of it," says Guadalupe.
Employers can safely ignore personal use when employees' personal flights ride on the coattails of regular business flights.