Значение идиомы ride on one’s coattails

[ride on one’s coattails] {v. phr.} To succeed in a certainendeavor by attaching oneself to the greater weight of another personor corporate body.

“We will never get our Ph. D. program approved onour own,” said the head of the modern dance department, “but we mightsucceed if we stay in the Division of Fine Arts, riding on theircoattails, as it were.”

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