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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 ?
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.
It was November, and my guardian was standing before his fire leaning his back against the chimney-piece, with his hands under his coattails.
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.
CHRIS SHIFLETT & The Dead Peasants (RCA) HIS day job bandmates are off doing their own thing, Dave Grohl with Them Crooked Vultures, and Taylor Hawkins with his Coattail Riders.
The Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins will parade his Coattail Riders project and there will be solo sets from new Thin Lizzy vocalist and ex-Almighty front-man Ricky Warwick, Wildhearts genius Ginger and Tyketto's Danny Vaughn.
dusk I lay my shotgun down On her back porch Lift her coattail and push
Turett limited his analysis of this midterm effect to incumbent governors running for re-election and interpreted it as merely offsetting the coattail effect in presidential election years.
God should have pulled my coattail then and there: 'Enjoy this while you can, honey, because Satan beat me in a poker game last night, and he's claiming you and yours sometime soon.
Chubb (1988) conducted the most extensive empirical analysis of the hypothesis and obtained mixed results: He found that a high degree of legislative professionalism fails to insulate state legislative elections from the effects of national economic conditions but does buffer them from coattail effects of higher level elections.
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.