coattail

noun

coat·​tail ˈkōt-ˌtāl How to pronounce coattail (audio)
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

Examples of coattail in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Republicans could ride Trump's coattails to victories in the U.S. Senate and Ohio Supreme Court. Jessie Balmert, The Enquirer, 24 June 2024 But two polls that show Biden and Trump tied in Virginia — a state that Biden won in 2020 by 10 points — have given Republican candidates reason to hope Trump’s coattails will extend to the Senate race. Jenna Portnoy, Washington Post, 18 June 2024 Riding the coattails of American Idol’s success, Fluid seized an opportunity. thehustle.co, 26 Apr. 2024 Spearheaded by Le Pen’s niece, Executive Vice President Marion Marechal, and former TV pundit Eric Zemmour, the Reconquest party clung to the coattails of National Rally, taking some 5% of the European parliamentary election vote in France. Joseph Ataman, CNN, 15 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for coattail 

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of coattail was circa 1600

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“Coattail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coattail. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

coattail

noun
coat·​tail ˈkōt-ˌtāl How to pronounce coattail (audio)
1
: the rear flap of a man's coat
2
plural : the influence of a popular movement or person
politicians riding into office on the president's coattails
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