for the ride

for the ride

In a position of observing or being present for some activity without playing an active or central role in the proceedings. John's receiving an award for his work overseas tonight, so I thought I'd come 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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for the ride

for pleasure or interest, rather than any serious purpose.
2002 New York Times Women are now the primary force behind an explosion in new cocktail concoctions, and men are simply going along for the ride, say bartenders and liquor marketing executives.
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He maintained that camel and horse riding is a good source of children's recreation but as an alternative, the electronic swing that resembles animals is being arranged for the ride. 'Even if children are afraid of sitting on rides, there is no fear of any reaction.'
Entries for the ride close on Monday, July 25, but late entries are accepted The venue is a tranquil spot four miles south of Hexham, and ample parking, refreshments, stabling, toilets, water, camping and corralling will all be available.
With Ryan Moore and William Buick coming in for first-time rides on Society Rock and Ortensia, and Pat Dobbs keeping the ride he picked up last time at Royal Ascot on Dandy Boy, Richard Hannon has turned to Pat Cosgrave, who was replaced by Moore on Society Rock, for the ride on Libranno.
"Our hope is we can have a productive day of dialogue about gay and lesbian issues" at each school, said Jacob Reitan, codirector for the ride, which is a nationwide bus tour being organized by Soulforce, an LGBT spiritual and nonviolence-advocacy network.
They claim, or imply, that Revere merely got fame for the ride because Henry Longfellow wrote his poem about Paul Revere, rather than about the other two riders who weren't captured.
He would now appear to be in pole position for the ride on Golan, should any appeal from Fallon fail, and if trainer Sir Michael Stoute decides that is the best option.
Robert Havlin stepped in for the ride on Issara, who was last in the seller, and Nigel Day rode Padouki into sixth in the maiden.
'The cost of the ticket for the rides will begin from RO1,' he said.