ride shotgun

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To ride in the front passenger seat of a vehicle, next to the driver.

Etymology:

  • Probably arose in early-20th-century Western fiction and movies where an employee or friend armed with a rifle or shotgun would ride next to a stagecoach driver for protection from bandits Indians.
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When both kids want to ride shotgun with Mom, they'll just have to take turns.

Submitted on September 01, 2009

Additional definitions for 'ride shotgun':

ride shotgunTo assist and protect.
ride shotgunProbably arose in early-20th-century Western fiction and movies to describe an employee armed with a rifle or shotgun riding next to a stagecoach driver for protection.
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