go along for the ride

go along for the ride

To attend some event or participate in 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 go 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.
See also: go, ride

go along for the ride


come along for the ride

If someone goes along for the ride or comes along for the ride, they join in an activity but do not do it seriously or get very involved. John was on a job taking pictures of a band and I had agreed to go along for the ride. `Who's that with you?' — `A friend of mine. He came along for the ride.'
See also: go, ride

be/go along for the ˈride

(informal) join a group of people because you are interested in what they are doing, although you do not want to take an active part in it: Some of the group are not really interested in politics — they’re just along for the ride.
See also: go, ride

along for the ride, to go/to come/just

To take part but passively. The phrase, originating in the United States in the mid-twentieth century, implies some of the acquiescence of go along with but makes it clear that one is not in the driver’s seat.
See also: come, go, just
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I love and respect them and support what they're doing and want to be a part of that change and want to go along for the ride, but I should get in the back seat and close my mouth for a while," he said.
Ahead of his big audition for tournament selection, against France at Twickenham on Saturday, Saracens' full-back-cum-fly-half laid bare his ambitions, crushing any suggestion he would be content simply to go along for the ride.
It's the start of an epic 7,000 mile adventure and we're happy to go along for the ride.
We have to go along for the ride and tolerate everything thats thrown at us.
From bleak cityscapes to underwater adventures, you''ll never know where Dennis will take you next - b- but you'll be willing to go along for the ride.
Frog loves to go along for the ride and when he does, he sends emails to Al or to the human who remains behind.
You can go along for the ride as the Salisbury Singers put on a "Summer Singspiration,'' or summer sing, of the composition at 7:30 p.
But if that person has massive talent, big brains and a bigger heart, you want to go along for the ride," former US President Clinton said.
Readers go along for the ride as Gubby and Minoru--and their families--embark on the careful and painstaking task of building a new boat, a wooden gillnetter, through the winter season.
In addition, the novel structure offers a challenge to the reader to really go along for the ride, giving few clues as to what is going on but making a clever progression in that the narrator and the reader make the journey of discovery together.
The reader realizes the severity of the situation but cannot help but side with the protagonist and go along for the ride.
Even when the plot takes a jarringly melodramatic turn in the second half, Homi Adajania's comedy of manners "Cocktail" maintains an infectious air of kicky exuberance that's bound to delight ands ready, willing and eager to go along for the ride.
CARRIE (Sarah Jessica Parker) and co are back for seconds as Samantha (Kim Catrell) is invited to the United Arab Emirates and her pals go along for the ride.
But three more couples are needed to go along for the ride in order to generate the discount that would make it affordable.
Connecting eighteenth century Irish immigrant Cormac O'Connor to the 9/11/2001 disaster is no easy feat, but readers willing to suspend belief and go along for the ride will be richly rewarded by this fascinating, wonderful novel.