for the ride

for the ride

In a position of observing or being present for some activity without playing an active or central role in the proceedings. John's receiving an award for his work overseas tonight, so I thought I'd come along for the ride. I'm going along for the ride to my friends' book club meeting later to see if I want to become a member.
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for the ride

for pleasure or interest, rather than any serious purpose.
2002 New York Times Women are now the primary force behind an explosion in new cocktail concoctions, and men are simply going along for the ride, say bartenders and liquor marketing executives.
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