let ride

Also, let slide. Allow something to be ignored or to take or continue in its natural course. For example, Bill disagreed with Mary's description, but he let it ride, or He had a way of letting things slide. The first term, alluding to things moving along as though they were riding a horse or vehicle, dates from the early 1900s; the variant, using slide in the sense of “pass by,” dates from the late 1500s. Also see under let slip.

Nearby words

  1. let off steam,
  2. let on,
  3. let one's hair down,
  4. let oneself go,
  5. let out,
  6. let sleeping dogs lie,
  7. let slide,
  8. let slip,
  9. let someone,
  10. let someone down

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