Definitions

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  • n. Plural form of coattail.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.pl. the influence of another person; the effect of association with another person.

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Examples

  • All us Volunteers are really ashamed of Ashley ... she needs to sell her house in Williamson County and move to Hollyweird where she belongs ... why anyone would even listen to this moron who has done nothing but ride to fame on her mom and sister's coattails is beyond me.

    Update: Sarah Palin Vs.

  • Trying to ride in on Reagan's coattails is a very bad idea!

    First on the Ticker: Romney to speak at Reagan Ranch

  • Obama's ability to raise money, broaden the electoral map and have progressive coattails is something to get excited about ... at least for those of us who can feel inspired by politicians who fail to become revolutionary prophets of nonviolence and economic justice.

    Your Right Hand Thief

  • The Coordinated Campaign is responsible for coordinating all the Democratic campaigns, and helping bring any coattails from the statewide ticket down to other Democrats.

    Weenies of the Year

  • And if you think that some big pharmaceutical company is going to ride WCG’s public-domain coattails toward it’s own patented medicine, you can always switch to SETI@HOME and use your computer to search for ET … and I can’t think of any patents that could come from that unless ET shares his ‘anti-gravity’ device with us.

    Join the Hunt for Super-Rice - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com

  • But, since riding on their coattails is no longer an option, I’m going to try my hand at an art history lesson of my own.

    Archive 2003-04-01

  • Usually, politicians worry about so-called coattails, the trickle-down effect from the races at the top of an election ballot.

    Candidates Fear 'Albany Effect'

  • Riding her coattails are a host of characters exploiting hard times, the power vacuum among Republicans, and a scarcity of reporters and editors well-versed in both religion and politics.

    Hans Johnson: Extremism, the Makeover, and Election 2010

  • Look at her campaign messages, look at the surveys that show large portions of her support coming from her being Bill Clinton's wife, look at her history and reality, it is NO controversy that she owes all of this to Bill, she didn't do it on her own like Obama did, she rode on his coattails, that is obvious to anyone not biased by their blind support for Hillary.

    Obama Hits Hillary In New Hampshire Mailer

  • And the only one not to rise on her own coattails, which is the real reason she doesn't appeal to both me and many young, yes, in their own way, feminists.

    Lynda Obst: Women of My Generation Have Clearly Lost Their Minds

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