coattail definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
the back part of a coat below the waist; esp., either half of this part when divided, as on a swallow-tailed coat
coattail definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- The loose back part of a coat that hangs below the waist.
- coattails The skirts of a formal or dress coat.
coattail - Phrases/Idioms
ride on someone's coattailsor hang on someone's coattailsâ
to have one's success dependent on that of someone else
on the coattails of
- As a result of the success of another: elected to office on the coattails of a popular governor.
- Immediately following or as a direct result of: resigned on the coattails of the scandal.