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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?
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sunset years

The final years of a person's life, especially those spent in retirement. The economic crash has been especially devastating to the retired and the elderly, whose pensions they had been expecting to live off of in their sunset years have now evaporated in a matter of days.
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one's sunset years

Euph. one's old age. Many people in their sunset years love to travel. Now is the time to think about financial planning for your sunset years.
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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.
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sunset years

the last years of a person's life. euphemistic
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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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Sunset residential complex, which opens directly onto the beach, will include three levels of lavish terraced apartments overlooking the sea and will feature high quality finish in cherry wood and marble, the latest smart home technologies and superior amenities including a lounge, four swimming pools, sundeck areas, picture perfect landscaped greenery, health club, aerobics room, yoga lounge, sauna, jacuzzi and steam bath.
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Sunset Park's prosperity can be traced directly to the continued influx of foreign immigration that has supported the growth of and need for retail amenities on 5th and 8th Avenues.
After much debate regarding where Sunset Hall should be located, the board of directors finally decided to purchase a building at 1424 South Manhattan Place.
For instance, Section 215, better known as the "library records" provision, is scheduled to sunset unless Congress votes to reauthorize it.
By 2003, Congressional tax writers had become sunset masters, varying the year of sunset as they modified provisions in order to keep the overall revenue cost magically fixed at $350 billion.
Chicago-based Harris Marcus Group has reached a settlement agreement with Sunset Lamp Mfg.
SUNSET, one of Britain's favourite travel operators, are celebrating their 21st anniversary, by offering the chance to win a superb family holiday on the largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife.
The Tax Code Termination Act, my proposal to sunset the tax code, has attracted a host of opponents since its introduction in January, Tax Executives Institute among them.