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1. The loose back part of a coat that hangs below the waist.
2. coattails The skirts of a formal or dress coat.
on the coattails of
1. As a result of the success of another: elected to office on the coattails of a popular governor.
2. Immediately following or as a direct result of: resigned on the coattails of the scandal.



1. the back of the skirt on a man's coat or jacket.
2. one of the two tails on a tail coat.
3. gained by association with another: coattail benefits.
1. on someone's coattails, aided by association with another person: The senator rode into office on the President's coattails.
2. on the coattails of, immediately after or as a direct result of.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.coattail - the loose back flap of a coat that hangs below the waistcoattail - the loose back flap of a coat that hangs below the waist
coat - an outer garment that has sleeves and covers the body from shoulder down; worn outdoors
flap - any broad thin and limber covering attached at one edge; hangs loose or projects freely; "he wrote on the flap of the envelope"
References in classic literature ?
He ran, he flew, he pranced, his face glowed, his bald head shown, his coattails waved wildly, his pumps actually twinkled in the air, and when the music stopped, he wiped the drops from his brow, and beamed upon his fellow men like a French Pickwick without glasses.
It was November, and my guardian was standing before his fire leaning his back against the chimney-piece, with his hands under his coattails.
Your excellency won't be disturbed here," said a particularly pertinacious, white-headed old Tatar with immense hips and coattails gaping widely behind.
And the Tatar ran off with flying coattails, and in five minutes darted in with a dish of opened oysters on mother-of-pearl shells, and a bottle between his fingers.
When one adds all gubernatorial races to the analysis, as we do in Figures 1 and 2, (20) backlash against the President's party in state races during a President's term is actually stronger overall than the coattail effect in the presidential election year.
While CSCO earnings report has instilled a bit of confidence in the networking sector today, it seems (at least from the options activity) that one of the coattail riders in today's rally is an unwelcome guest.
TAYLOR HAWKINS & COATTAIL RIDERS Red Light Fever (RCA) WITH time to kill while Foo Fighters take a well-earned break, drummer Hawkins resurrects his part-time band for an album heavily influenced by Queens Of The Stone Age and shot through with the 60s.
They raised and spent about the same money, matched endorsements coattail for coattail, and got an equal amount of publicity.
The drummer for the hugely successful Foo Fighters calls his side project the Coattail Riders, a sly dig at everyone who thinks his band members are merely jumping on Hawkins' Foo- related fame.
Taylor Hawkins & The Coattail Riders, Stereo, Glasgow, June 9 **
The Arrangement does not involve a take-over bid for any CSA shares or Goldcorp shares and, consequently, the Arrangement will not trigger the application of the coattail provisions of either CSA or Goldcorp.
Taylor began work on his own album more than a year ago and plans to tour the UK in the spring as Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders.