drift with the tide

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drift with the tide

To passively agree with others. He always just drifts with the tide and does whatever dumb thing his friends are doing, no questions asked. That senator always drifts with the tide, so I doubt he'll oppose his party in this vote.
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During that memorable month I basked in the happiness of being for once in my life drifting with the tide of a great popular movement.
Other solitaries he perceives, in nooks of bridges, looking over; and in shadowed places down by the river's level; and a dark, dark, shapeless object drifting with the tide, more solitary than all, clings with a drowning hold on his attention.
VISIONlESS: Drifting with the tide of issues and agendas sponsored and pushed by foreign forces in different guises, the first decade of bust is over and the second decade is already a year.
A passing yacht had already gone to the assistance of the 21-foot vessel, and was able to stop the boat drifting with the tide.
Does it seem crazy to think of a scent-oriented, bottom-feeder like the redfish rising to engulf a chunk of plastic drifting with the tide? I've seen it happen.
As it became dark, the GPS taggers found that it landed on the water and spent the night "drifting with the tide until dawn", when it started a searching flight en route to the colony on Bardsey.
At Sidon's public beach, hundreds of jellyfish float near the water's surface, drifting with the tide toward the shore and threatening swimmers, many of whom have become accustomed to dealing with the sea creatures.