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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The way a little child would be on the coattails of their parents.
Also not guaranteed: a bump in business from attempting to ride presidential coattails.
Business software maker PeopleSoft (PSFT) jumped $1.44 to $23.25, riding the coattails of rival SAP AG, which revealed a 43-percent increase in quarterly profit.
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COATTAIL Defined for English Language Learners
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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