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Jump On The Bandwagon Idiom

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Jump on the bandwagon
What does Jump on the bandwagon mean?
Do what everybody else is doing, whatever is popular. When the Chicago Bears are winning, I will jump on the bandwagon and be a fan.
Old time political campaigns would attempt to gain supporters with what amounted to a small parade including a band for a candidate with sufficient support. Jumping on the bandwagon was akin to providing your support for this popular candidate.

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