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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Just last summer, a largely boring film with nothing going for it besides its title, 'Jurassic World', rode the coattails of its actually good 1993 ancestor to $1.3 billion worldwide.
were, in essence, institutional gate-crashers proclaiming questionable omniscience: an academic bereft of the trappings of peer-reviewed publications, a sword bearer who cowed opponents through scare tactics, and an ambitious immigrant from the ethnic peripheries of American society who skillfully rode the coattails of his mentor to the center of American power.
Barangay Ginebra rode the coattails of Brownlee to take the 104-90 win and the sweep Meralco in the PBA Commissioner's Cup quarterfinals Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Tinseltown sites like HollywoodLife.com and TheWrap rode the coattails of the story with photo galleries and articles emphasizing celebrity angles.
Lopez, a 42-year-old Harvard-educated economist and firebrand opposition leader, rode the coattails of those protests to create a nationwide effort called "La Salida" or "The Exit" meant to end Maduro's rule.
Rather than form their own campaigns and call for public support, liberals rode the coattails of other opposition movements.
Instead, it has come under attack from a small but vocal group of would-be revolutionaries who rode the coattails of the "Arab Spring" and attempted to overthrow the government.
In 1998 and again in 2003, Davies rode the coattails of UN policy.
In California, Poizner rode the coattails of reelected Gov.