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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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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"I'm going to ride off into the sunset (or...down Market Street), so I can focus on some other things."
With Al and the Big Guy gone, there are just a few more to go, but when the last bell sounds and it is my turn to ride off into the sunset, I hope someone will say a few words about me, too.
Maybe, you are about to ride off into the sunset? It's some other arrangement altogether, or a fleeting meeting.
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"A Section 201 trade case like that the steel industry recently won is not a remedy that will allow the foundry industry to ride off into the sunset. If you win a Section 201 case, which is an enormous task itself (less than 50% of these cases receive affirmative votes and they require at least 9 months for just the International Trade Commission and Presidential hearings), it takes due diligence by your industry from year to year to support the provisions of the ruling.
I personally have five shares so I won't be holding my breath to ride off into the sunset as someone claimed."
For now he is just content to ride off into the sunset or just fade away, depending on what metaphor you want to use.
I fully intended at that point to ride off into the sunset. I thought, I've done my duty.
''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'.'' TicketInfo JUDAS PRIEST July 21: Civic Hall, Wolverhampton Tickets: 0870 320 7000.
"Unlike the US where rogue bankers were brought to book, here in Ireland they are simply allowed to ride off into the sunset."