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ride something out
to endure something unpleasant. (Originally referred to ships lasting out a storm.) It was a nasty situation, but the mayor tried to ride it out. The mayor decided to ride out the scandal.
ride out (of some place)
to travel out of a place on something such as a horse or bicycle. All the racers rode out of the starting area and began the bicycle marathon. At the sound of the starting gun, all the contestants rode out.
Survive, outlast, as in They rode out the storm, or Times were hard during the depression, but we managed to ride it out. [First half of 1500s]
1. To travel out of or to a place in a vehicle or on horseback: The doctor rode out to the ranch to check on his patient. I just rode out here from Cincinnati on the bus. The cowboy rode out of town on a large black horse.
2. To survive or outlast something; endure something: I rode out the war as a nurse. Many people left before the storm, but we stayed and rode it out. Only two companies managed to ride out the depression—all the rest went bankrupt.