along for the ride

along for the ride

Attending some event or participating in some activity without playing an active or central role in the proceedings. John's receiving an award for his work overseas tonight, and I'm just 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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along for the ride

Participating but not actively, as in Don't ask me how long this job will take; I'm just along for the ride. This metaphoric term often is preceded by just to emphasize the passive role of the "passenger." [Mid-1900s]
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Caswell travels with friends and alone, with guides and without a plan, and readers will happily come along for the ride.
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or less or to check an otherwise carry-on bag is daunting--after all, we all want our favorite salves and sprays along for the ride, but who has the time to run all over town in search of portable versions of the tried and true?
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And after police mistakenly shot and killed immigrant and father Ismael Mena on a raid in Denver in 1999, they revealed that then-Colorado Rockies first baseman Larry Walker went along for the ride.
This "swish and spit" technique should be enough to kill any freshwater species that have come along for the ride.
Guests are encouraged to wear their pajamas and bring a warm blanket and Teddy bear along for the ride.
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Best friend Sosi is along for the ride, helping her keep it a secret from her dad, a music professor at the local university.
This outstanding reference is a 'must' for any who regularly travel and want their best friend to come along for the ride.
The convivial members of her company--Kathleen Fisher, Darrell Jones, Angie Hauser, Kathleen Hermesdorf, and David Thomson--meshed so well that we contentedly went along for the ride.