Definition of trail one's coat in English:

trail one's coat


  • Deliberately provoke a quarrel or fight.

    • ‘We asked teachers all over the UK for their views and trailed our coats at innumerable meetings.’
    • ‘It would be an understatement to say that he trailed his coat in front of the House of Lords.’
    • ‘She also trailed her coat in relation to an entirely new point in respect of which she wished to reserve her position, but which she did not argue before me.’
    • ‘Not only has he chanced his hand, but he has sometimes trailed his coat.’