• WordNet 3.6
    • n coattail the loose back flap of a coat that hangs below the waist
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In literature:

Anyhow, Denboro won't hang onto his coattails to hold him back.
"The Rise of Roscoe Paine" by Joseph C. Lincoln
He came towards them at an amble, scratching actively behind his coattails.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
We saw his long coattails disappear round the corner of an alley that led down to the harbour.
"The Pilots of Pomona" by Robert Leighton
All I ask is a block's start an' some wan holdin' th' polisman's coattails.
"Mr. Dooley Says" by Finley Dunne
Mr. Pawket trembled slightly; he stood high-collared and coattailed, upon the glittering steps.
"The Best Short Stories of 1919" by Various
If my coattails wa'n't so long I wouldn't be fitten ter go 'mongst folks.
"The Comings of Cousin Ann" by Emma Speed Sampson
Me coattail is still wet from the times it caught me.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Stories" by Various
Only the weight of the lumps of metal dangling in his coattail pocket kept him from collapsing.
"The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Harry Furniss
On seeing his son hustled away, he ran after him in despair, and made a futile attempt to hold him back by the coattails.
"Regina or the Sins of the Fathers" by Hermann Sudermann
Johan pulled him back by the coattails.
"Little Erik of Sweden" by Madeline Brandeis

In news:

WTMJ-TV riding Olympics' coattails all day long .
What is noteworthy is the coattail effect the Games are having on every single moment of the broadcast day.
History shows " coattail " effect not so crucial to presidents.
Taylor Hawkins & the Coattail Riders: Red Light Fever.
Chambliss's Win in Georgia Shows Obama's Diminishing Coattails.
Obama's Coattails Don't Extend to Gun-Control Advocates in Senate, House.
The Muskies, who coming in had lost back-to-back games on the coattails of eight turnovers, fought hard but ultimately fell short.
The Alawis rode the coattails of the officer corps.
Missouri coattails exist, but are tattered by ticket splitters.
JANESVILLE — Deb Kolste dismisses the idea that she rode Democratic coattails Tuesday to win the 44th Assembly District election.
WTMJ-TV riding Olympics' coattails all day long.
Treading on the beloved as the heart of hunt and coattails of the hunt, floats, bands and horse country, and the area's burgeoning wine market only furthers the rustic, pastoral charm of this historic Virginia town.
Missouri coattails exist , but are tattered by ticket splitters.
Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders.
The Emperor Has No Coattails.