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ride (one's) luck

To find success through fortune or chance rather than through one's own agency or risk-taking. (Used especially in reference to sporting events.) Primarily heard in UK. Cheltenham has been riding their luck lately, winning their last two games on penalty kicks alone, but they'll need to step up their game if they hope to have a place in the championship.
See also: luck, ride

ride (someone's) ass

1. To frequently or constantly harass, nag, or upbraid someone to do, accomplish, or complete something. The boss is riding everyone's ass to get the project finished by next week. Quit riding my ass, I'll get it done eventually!
2. To tailgate, i.e. to follow unnecessarily closely behind another vehicle while driving. I wish that trucker wouldn't ride my ass down this hill.
See also: ass, ride

ride (someone's) back

To frequently or constantly harass, nag, or upbraid someone to do, accomplish, or complete something. The boss is riding everyone's back to get the project finished by next week. Quit riding my back, I'll get it done eventually!
See also: back, ride

ride (someone's) butt

To frequently or constantly harass, nag, or upbraid someone to do, accomplish, or complete something. The boss is riding everyone's butt to get the project finished by next week. Quit riding my butt, I'll get it done eventually!
See also: butt, ride

ride tall in the/(one's) saddle

To be or remain proud, stoical, or august in one's manner or composure. Even after two years of a losing war, the general still rode tall in his saddle before his troops. I'll have nothing to do with your schemes or plot. One day, you're going to be locked up and lose everything, and I'll be riding tall in the saddle when you do.
See also: ride, saddle, tall

ride (on) the wave (of something)

To enjoy the advantage or benefit of a particularly successful, popular, fortunate, interesting, etc., moment or period of time. Jonathan has been riding the wave of his sister's celebrity ever since she was cast in that blockbuster film series. The popular Internet artist has ridden the wave of support from her fan base to launch an incredibly successful crowd funding campaign for a new project. Ever since I won the lottery, everybody has been really friendly to me, and I've just been riding the wave ever since!
See also: ride, wave

ride with the punches

1. Literally, in martial arts (especially boxing), to maneuver one's body away from a blow so as to lessen the force of its impact. He's not the most aggressive fighter—instead, he relies on his endurance and skill, riding with the punches to wear down his opponent until the best moment to strike.
2. By extension, to adapt to setbacks, difficulties, or adversity so as to better manage or cope with their impact on one's life. (Note: This phrase is a less common variant of the phrase "roll with the punches," which carries the same literal and figurative meanings.) Losing my job was really tough, but I've just been trying to ride with the punches until I get back on my feet. I learned that my grandfather passed away right before my final exams in college, but I just rode with the punches and did the best that I could.
See also: punch, ride
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He and three friends - one of whom he hadn't seen for five years - had just ridden Riddler's Revenge.
The deciding factor in the reversal by Buddha owners Gary and Mary West might have been nothing more than the fact Day has ridden a Derby winner (Lil E.
But only once in the past quarter-century has the previous year's top money-winner ridden the Derby favorite, and only twice in that stretch has the previous year's Derby winner ridden the Derby favorite.
Mayakovsky is likely to be the bettors' second choice to Came Home, a once-beaten colt ridden by Chris McCarron.
The bike-patrol police escort was actually for former Los Angeles mayor Richard Riordan, who has ridden all of the eight premarathon bike events.
Riordan says he's ridden several centuries and his personal best distance is 120 miles.
No one's told us the ride is unsafe,'' Gallardo said, noting that millions have ridden Goliath since it debuted last year.
Millions of people have ridden Goliath and nothing like this has ever happened before.
He hadn't ridden in the Derby since long shots Tossofthecoin and Valiant Nature finished last and next to last in 1993 and 1994.
Having ridden 10 losers before Swale's victory, and eight losers since, Pincay knows that winning the Derby isn't merely something you earn, like 9,000 winners.
Club member Dominguez says if it wasn't for a hurting back, his wife, Lorraine, would have ridden with him on the beginners' ride.
For hard-core coaster enthusiasts - many of whom have ridden hundreds of coasters all over the world - the prospect of riding a completely different kind of roller coaster sends them searching for superlatives.
Queen of Oz, ridden by Abdiel Toribio, ran a mile and a sixteenth in 1:47 2/5 and paid $5.
Le Grande Danseur, ridden by Jorge Chavez and carrying 117 pounds, finished the seven furlongs in 1:23 2/3 on a fast track.