Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The loose back part of a coat that hangs below the waist.
  • n. The skirts of a formal or dress coat.
  • idiom on the coattails of As a result of the success of another: elected to office on the coattails of a popular governor.
  • idiom on the coattails of Immediately following or as a direct result of: resigned on the coattails of the scandal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The flap at the back of a coat that hangs down, sometimes below the waist.
  • n. Success of a figure, organization or movement that transfers to those who associate with it.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the loose back flap of a coat that hangs below the waist.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the loose back flap of a coat that hangs below the waist

Etymologies

coat +‎ tail (Wiktionary)

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  • "on the coattails of" in HU = "vki/vmi farvizén (beevezni)"

    September 18, 2012