along for the ride

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - along for the ride

"along for the ride"

to be present for an activity but not taking an active part in it


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - along for the ride

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  You're in the early stages of the negotiations, right?

Colleague 2:  Yes. Why?

Colleague 1:  Why not take the intern along for the ride? He might learn something.

Colleague 2:  That could work as long as the intern is there just to observe and not participate in any way.

Colleague 1:  I will make it clear to the intern that he is to not actively participate at all.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - along for the ride

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I am heading over to the mall. I need to buy a couple of things. Do you want to come?

Friend 2:  Sure. Thanks. I don't need anything but I'll come along for the ride. Maybe I'll carry some bags for you. I need to get out of the house anyways.

Friend 1:  Are you sure there is nothing you need?

Friend 2:  No. I'll just follow you around.

along for the ride - Usage:


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along for the ride - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for along for the ride.

along for the ride - Examples:

1)  ... if anything, to further the plot, and had just been along for the ride while all the other characters did all the work.

2)  He also would have embraced modern technology. Ira would have gone along for the ride and continued to write lyrics, but Ira always took his cue from George.

3)  ... or confused by it the whole time. I was along for the ride. And by the end, I was totally captivated. 

4)  As an aside, CO2 goes along for the ride and has no measurable effect on this constantly changing energy exchange.

5)  When a new song plays, you'll come along for the ride, discovering new music while your friend DJs for you.

6)  In a lot of cases you're just a pawn along for the ride

7)  As the younger generation ages they will drag their parents and grandparents along for the ride.

8)  ... you aren't an equal owner, you are merely along for the ride.

9)  ... we thought we'd rediscover ourselves and bring everyone along for the ride.

10)  ... the publisher assumes the commercial risk of publishing: the author is along for the ride, and under some circumstances makes less money, ...

11)  They're not individually passed to the function, they just go along for the ride because they're contained within $string.

12)  That would be OK if serious news came along for the ride. But increasingly, serious news is being left behind.

13)  ... to talk me out of my stupider ideas, he usually went along for the ride

14)  We'll take care of everything that comes between... so come along for the ride!

15)  ... this pathway with me, so long as they want to come along for the ride. Its my life and will lead everyone down this tunnel with me, so ...

16)  ... but for many large FOSS projects, the users are mostly along for the ride, and have to adapt to whatever file format changes the project introduces, ...

17)  ... mortal-phase of the infinite life. Life balances itself, we are along for the ride, and ultimately control no part of that process.

18)  If you can throw sand, the ball will be carried along for the ride. Most amateurs stand too square and don't open the clubface nearly enough.

19)  ... not coming up with new ideas, then you're just along for the ride.

20)  ... the negotiating, and you end up being the one who is along for the ride instead of making the decisions.