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 huge 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?
See also: ride, sunset

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.
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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).
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During the finale, William had him ride off into the sunset with nothing on him.
Maybe, in the most shocking twist of all, TV's most dysfunctional couple will ride off into the sunset together.
After his comeback attempt once again fell short, many believe that UFC legend BJ Penn does not have anything else to prove in the octagon and should just ride off into the sunset.
SMITTEN Geoff and the Springfield ride off into the sunset
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This being Mad Men, however, we know more about what won't happen than what will: Don won't find a sense of peace, stability, or contentment with himself and what he's achieved; Peggy and Joan won't ever truly be treated as equals by the stodgy and increasingly irrelevant males with whom they are forced to do business; Roger will not go gracefully into old age; Betty will not secretly turn out to be Betty Friedan; Pete, despite the wishes of a thousand fan-fiction forums, will not ride off into the sunset with the mysterious Bob Benson (although knowing Pete, Bob would have had to drive.
To be honest, if that's too much to ask then I'd let them ride off into the sunset together.
We want to ride off into the sunset on a Harley, rather than get halfway there and then fall off, with everybody saying 'that's a bit sad'.
Just like bowlers and rollerskaters couldn't co-exist in a bowling alley and a roller rink, or prisons could not be co-ed, so couldn't skaters and BMXers ride off into the sunset on a unicorn made of cotton candy.
Bush and Cheney may ride off into the sunset, but we'll be sifting through their debris for years.
The lucky winner will ride off into the sunset on the vintage two-cylinder Y-reg mean machine - and he says he will even throw in a full tank of petrol.
In the meantime, Sullivan will ride off into the sunset knowing that he can be proud of what has been achieved at Blues over the last 15 years.
Their time is truly up and, like all other cowboys before them, its time to saddle up together and ride off into the sunset.