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- verb idiomatic, slang To ride in the
front passengerseat of a vehicle, next to the driver.
- verb idiomatic, slang, figuratively To
accompanysomeone in order to assistand protect.
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Probably 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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