give (one) an easy ride

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give (one) an easy ride

To allow one to do something without difficulty or struggle. Her parents have given her an easy ride her entire life, so I'm not surprised she's struggling in college.
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have/give somebody a rough/an easy ˈride

(informal) to experience/not experience difficulties when you are doing something; to make things difficult/easy for somebody: She hasn’t always had an easy ride in her business life.The government has been given a rough ride by the popular press recently.
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Having given them an easy ride in return for a few performances which gave the illusion they might actually give a monkey's about those who, indirectly, pay their wages, Sunderland's travelling supporters turned spectacularly on certain players - even Wahbi Khazri, who seemed to have diplomatic immunity because of his treatment by David Moyes.
The wealthy elite led the high-life for 18 years under Thatcher and since 1997 Labour have also given them an easy ride.