One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Each of the flaps formed by the lower back of a coat, especially a tailcoat.
- ‘Vettriano has changed the chairs, restyled the diner's hair to reveal more of the nape of her neck and reshaped the men's coat-tails to show the wind licking at them.’
- ‘The exotically-titled serjeant at arms - leader of the men who wear black coat-tails and tights, and responsible for security - could well fall on his sword.’
- ‘He wears a top hat and coat-tails, and white spats on shoes the color of Alaskan hematite.’
- ‘He hardly felt the little boy tug on his coat-tails as he limped through the snow.’
ride (on) the coattails of
Benefit from the success of (another), sometimes undeservedly.‘the film could ride the coattails of the hottest show on Broadway’‘the band is riding on the coattails of the garage-rock revival’‘he was elected on the coattails of his predecessor’
- ‘Sequels normally disappoint audiences as they are cheap imitations of the original films, and tend to ride on the coat-tails of box office success.’
- ‘But he was not just riding on his father's coat-tails.’
- ‘By riding on their coat-tails we gain the protection of the world's greatest power and punch above our weight on the world stage.’
- ‘‘Get off my coat-tails, you free-loader’.’
- ‘All year I was kind of riding their coat-tails.’
- ‘If it's not done now, this country will forever be defined as the me-too nation that follows on its bigger neighbour's coat-tails.’
- ‘Sounds brutal, I know, but if you think about it, what makes popular people popular is that everyone else clings to their coat-tails in the hope that some of the Revered One's irresistibility will rub off on them.’
- ‘Nevertheless, on the outbreak of war in 1914 all major powers had some form of nascent air force, though these were firmly tied to the coat-tails of the existing armed services.’
- ‘He came in here, finally, on the coat-tails of his colleagues.’
- ‘What sort of a book was going to be produced by a couple of guys who were trying to come in on Dan Brown 's coat-tails?’
- ‘Because when you've only been on one station and you've worked with very experienced people, inevitably you ride on their coat-tails.’
- ‘Scotland's economy is set for two years of ‘robust growth’ as it rides on the coat-tails of the continuing global recovery.’
- ‘But Stewart's company, which he formed with his wife Linda, is not just another business jumping on the coat-tails of the telecoms revolution.’
- ‘Larry has a very clear moral standpoint: ‘You can compete with me, but you can't do so by riding on my coat-tails.’
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