coat-tails

UK / US noun [plural]
the two long pieces that form the bottom part of the back of a man's formal jacket

English dictionary. 2014.

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  • coat-tails — UK US noun [plural] the two long pieces that form the bottom part of the back of a man’s formal jacket Thesaurus: parts of clothesmeronym jackets and coatshyponym Phrase: on someone s coat tails * * * ˈcoat tails [ …   Useful english dictionary

  • coat tails — plural noun The long back pieces of a tail coat • • • Main Entry: ↑coat …   Useful english dictionary

  • coat-tails — also coattails 1) N PLURAL: oft poss N Coat tails are the two long pieces at the back of a tailcoat. 2) PHRASE: usu PHR after v If you do something on the coat tails of someone else, you are able to do it because of the other person s success,… …   English dictionary

  • coat-tails — /ˈkoʊt teɪlz/ (say koht taylz) plural noun the divided, tapering skirts, or tails of a man s tail coat …   Australian English dictionary

  • on someone's coat-tails — on (someone s) coat tails if you achieve something on someone s coat tails, you only achieve it because of their help or influence. She d risen to fame on the coat tails of her half sister …   New idioms dictionary

  • on coat-tails — on (someone s) coat tails if you achieve something on someone s coat tails, you only achieve it because of their help or influence. She d risen to fame on the coat tails of her half sister …   New idioms dictionary

  • on somebody's coat-tails — on sb s coat tails idiom using the success and influence of another person to help yourself become successful • She got where she is today on her brother s coat tails. Main entry: ↑coat tailsidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • on someone's coat-tails — on someone’s coat tails phrase using someone else’s success to get an advantage for yourself Thesaurus: to have, or to take advantage of, an opportunitysynonym Main entry: coat tails …   Useful english dictionary

  • on someone's coat-tails — ► on someone s coat tails undeservedly benefiting from another s success. Main Entry: ↑coat tail …   English terms dictionary

  • on someone's coat tails — Achieving one s position as a result of the promotion or advancement of a person to whom one has attached oneself, and not by one s own merit • • • Main Entry: ↑coat …   Useful english dictionary

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