ride (off) into the sunset

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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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Ben Barnes' character Logan from the HBO sci-fi show "Westworld" is a first-class jerk, but he finally got what was coming to him during the finale as his brother-in-law, William (Jimmi Simpson) sent him off riding into the sunset with nothing but his birthday suit.
Instead of riding into the sunset or going on cruises they will continue working, simply because they need the cash flow.
Karbabad beach is known for the Portuguese Fort as well as Bahraini cowboys riding into the sunset.
It's like riding into the sunset on a ghost horse with outlaws on your tail and vultures in the sky trying to snatch a piece of the broken heart you keep trying to fix.
As a child I remember the Marlborough cigarette adverts - the rolling plains of North America and an impossibly rugged, handsome man riding into the sunset on his beautiful horse - cigarette in hand.
A movie might end with Couch riding into the sunset, leaving her forensic accountant's badge glinting in the dust.
I'm not riding into the sunset," he told the audience.
I have this vision of riding into the sunset, rounding up cattle on horseback on the paith (plain).
But "Dreams" presages the unruly wild wit she's riding into the sunset.
Will he help Notts County to reach the Promised Land, or will he be riding into the sunset in Italy or anywhere else in the world when the going gets tough at Meadow Lane?
Steamy highlights from episodes of 'Belonging':Series 1 Mature matriarch Margaret (Gwen Taylor) hooks up with toyboy lover Tom (Owen Teale) after he tinkers with her late husband's motorbike and they end up riding into the sunset together to start a new life.
But instead of riding into the sunset, he was headed east to New York City, armed with a song or two in his heart, a blanket crocheted with the letters ``U.
Margaret, while riding into the sunset of retirement, will be around as a volunteer, so it is not "Good bye", only "au revoir.
Cowboy estate agents will carry on riding into the sunset, according to consumer groups, because a new industry "sheriff" can't fence them in.
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