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coattails

noun
     
Related topics: Clothes
coat‧tails [plural]
1 if you achieve something on someone's coattails, you achieve it because of the other person's power or success
on somebody's coattails
A number of Republican congressmen were elected on Bush's coattails.
2DCC the cloth at the back of a tailcoat that is divided into two pieces

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