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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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.
500 in league but rode the coattails of seniors Jeremy Haggerty and Chad Eichten to the Southern Section Division I-A semifinals last year.