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.
See also: off, ride, sunset
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The greatest manager in Arsenal history riding off into the sunset with yet another trophy.
Here is an unrelated picture of me and my wonderful manager riding off into the sunset together.
Sheeran's comments were published alongside "an unrelated picture of me and my wonderful manager riding off into the sunset together.
But horse-lover Mandy, 45, won't be riding off into the sunset as she plans to spend her fortune on an indoor riding school.
The try was given and Saracens were riding off into the sunset and down the M4 to Cardiff.
And as he's done all season 'SBW' will be that man, capping off an astonishing return to the game by leading the Roosters to glory before riding off into the sunset and back to union.
I'm hoping that the end of the finale, as an audience member, you're walking away not necessarily feeling like they're riding off into the sunset, but jumping into something that is potentially ill-advised," she said.
That's right, Betty Suarvez, the nicest girl with the worst clothes to ever survive in the cut-throat world of fashion journalism, is riding off into the sunset in this special goodbye episode.
She is not the sort of person you could imagine hooking up with him and riding off into the sunset, she's kind of the alpha male in the room".
Doubtless we will find out in the near future, but at the moment, everything seems to point to the 36-year-old bringing the curtain down on an impeccable 15-year career and riding off into the sunset unbeaten.
WORCESTER - When we last left Opera Worcester and Puccini in the spring, Minnie was riding off into the sunset with Johnson, in his next to last opera "The Golden Girl of the West.
AN ELDERLY craftsman whose rocking-horses have brought joy to scores of children is riding off into the sunset with a special celebrity commission.
Many dream of heading up the company until retirement age before riding off into the sunset to enjoy the fruits of their labour.
You could hardly blame Sullivan if he decided to sit tight on his millions before riding off into the sunset sometime after Christmas.
SEND cowboy builders riding off into the sunset by giving them apprenticeships - that's the call from training coordinator Construction for Merseyside.