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Guard someone or something while in transit, as in The reporter found himself in the odd position of riding shotgun for an accused mobster. This term alludes to the armed defender of a stagecoach who sat beside the driver to protect against marauders and bandits. Later it was transferred to anyone riding in the front passenger seat of a motor vehicle, as well as to the more general function of protection. [Mid-1900s]
If someone rides shotgun, they sit in the front of a vehicle, next to the driver. I was riding shotgun on a night patrol when a boy darted out from an alley and ran towards the truck. Note: This expression comes from times in the past when a man with a shotgun sat next to the driver of a coach and horses for protection.
ride shotgun1 travel as a guard in the seat next to the driver of a vehicle. 2 ride in the passenger seat of a vehicle. 3 act as a protector. chiefly North American
ride ˈshotgun(American English, informal) ride in the front passenger seat of a car or truck: My turn to ride shotgun today!Originally, this referred to an armed guard who travelled in the seat next to the driver.
1. tv. to accompany and guard someone or something. (see also shotgun.) I have to take the beer over to the party. Why don’t you come along and ride shotgun?
2. tv. to ride in the passenger seat of a car, next to the driver. I want to ride shotgun so I don’t have to sit back there with those guys.
1. To guard a person or thing while in transit.
2. Slang To ride in the front passenger seat of a car or truck.
To sit in the front passenger seat of a vehicle during a trip.