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1. To travel to or from a place on a vehicle or animal. My friends and I had some time to kill, so we got the bus and rode out to the mall for a few hours. He rode out of the camp on a tiny little donkey that could barely stay upright.
2. To endure or survive something that is unpleasant, difficult, or dangerous. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "ride" and "out." You could try to ride it out, but I think you're better off dealing with the scandal up front. We went down to my uncle's underground shelter to ride out the storm.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
ride something out
to endure something unpleasant. (Originally referred to ships lasting out a storm.) It was a nasty situation, but the mayor tried to ride it out. The mayor decided to ride out the scandal.
ride out (of some place)
to travel out of a place on something such as a horse or bicycle. All the racers rode out of the starting area and began the bicycle marathon. At the sound of the starting gun, all the contestants rode out.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Survive, outlast, as in They rode out the storm, or Times were hard during the depression, but we managed to ride it out. [First half of 1500s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. To travel out of or to a place in a vehicle or on horseback: The doctor rode out to the ranch to check on his patient. I just rode out here from Cincinnati on the bus. The cowboy rode out of town on a large black horse.
2. To survive or outlast something; endure something: I rode out the war as a nurse. Many people left before the storm, but we stayed and rode it out. Only two companies managed to ride out the depression—all the rest went bankrupt.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.