Guard someone or something while in transit, as in The reporter found himself in the odd position of riding shotgun for an accused mobster. This term alludes to the armed defender of a stagecoach who sat beside the driver to protect against marauders and bandits. Later it was transferred to anyone riding in the front passenger seat of a motor vehicle, as well as to the more general function of protection. [Mid-1900s]
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This reporter knocked at the Wilkins home on Tuesday morning but received neither an answer nor the business end of a shotgun.
I told them it was back where I parked my car, so they offered me a ride.
I mean, the reality of it was, I had to go out and get on a horse, and ride in, shoot the gun — how hard was that, right?The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“They just walk around, they ride in their patrol cars, and they just pass by,” he said.
In “Sleigh Ride,” the narrator is painting a scene so perfect that it could be featured on an iconic Currier and Ives print.The Most Confusing Christmas Music Lyrics Explained (VIDEO)|Kevin Fallon|December 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Possibly, he would not shy at such monstrosities after twenty miles of a lathering ride.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
The other day an excursion was arranged to Sondershausen, a town about three hours' ride from Weimar in the cars.Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
The truth is, it is not safe to trot down such mountains and hardly to ride down them at all.Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley
The farmer told him it was six miles; "but," he added, "you must ride sharp, or you will get a wet jacket before you reach it."
Coppy, in a tone of too-hastily-assumed authority, had told her over night that she must not ride out by the river.Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II|Rudyard Kipling