Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The loose back part of a coat that hangs below the waist.
  • noun The skirts of a formal or dress coat.
  • idiom (on the coattails of) As a result of the success of another.
  • idiom (on the coattails of) Immediately following or as a direct result of.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

coat +‎ tail

Examples

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

    September 18, 2012