ride off into the sunset

ride (off) into the sunset

To resolve or conclude things in a neat, happy, and satisfactory fashion; to retire from work, use, or relevance, especially on a positive note or after a long and successful period of activity. An allusion to the clichéd endings of western movies, often showing the main characters riding horseback into the sunset at the conclusion of the film. Often used sarcastically, ironically, or humorously. Despite the turbulence in the first few years, the president is now riding off into the sunset with a sky-high approval rating and a whole host of policies enacted under his watch. I'm tired of comedies that see everyone just ride into the sunset at the end. How about showing some realistic consequences for the things these types of characters do?
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ride off into the sunset

achieve a happy conclusion to something.
In the closing scenes of westerns, the characters are often seen riding off into the sunset after everything has been resolved satisfactorily.
See also: off, ride, sunset
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

ride off into the sunset, to

A more or less happy ending or resolution. This cliché was originally a visual one—the classic final scene of the western films so popular from the 1930s on, in which the cowboy hero, having vanquished the evildoers, literally rides off into the sunset. It was transferred to other happy endings, usually with some irony, in the mid-twentieth century. “I didn’t even bother getting mad at your crack about me going off into the sunset,” wrote William Goldman (Magic, 1967).
See also: off, ride, to
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I get to kiss the girl and ride off into the sunset, you can't really ask for more.'
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For now he is just content to ride off into the sunset or just fade away, depending on what metaphor you want to use.
I've seen famous players ride off into the sunset and not make much of an impact.
But the tax fiddle often backfires with cowboys leaving a trail of problems before they ride off into the sunset.
I fully intended at that point to ride off into the sunset. I thought, I've done my duty.
She is a role model for those who have fallen off their "horse." It is not impossible to climb back into the saddle and ride off into the sunset.
With Al and the Big Guy gone, there are just a few more to go, but when the last bell sounds and it is my turn to ride off into the sunset, I hope someone will say a few words about me, too.
Shankill have lost four games already this season and of the last five Premier Division campaigns, only Drumaness and Newington managed to ride off into the sunset as champions having lost more than four games across the course of the season.
He criticised former environment minister Phil Hogan, claiming it was "OK for him to ride off into the sunset with [euro]336,446 in his saddle bags as an EU Commissioner for this year alone".
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