coattail

noun coat·tail \ ˈkōt-ˌtāl \

Definition of coattail

1 :the rear flap of a man's coat
2 coattails plural :the skirts of a dress coat, cutaway, or frock coat
3 coattails plural :the influence or pulling power of a popular movement or person (such as a political candidate)
  • congressmen riding into office on the president's coattails

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First Known Use of coattail

circa 1600


COATTAIL Defined for English Language Learners

coattail

noun

Definition of coattail for English Language Learners

  • : a long piece of cloth that hangs down at the back of a man's formal coat

  • coattails : the help or influence of another person's work, ideas, or popularity


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