Definition of let something ride in US English:

let something ride


  • Take no immediate action over something.

    • ‘I felt proud of myself for letting it ride, but couldn't sleep anyway as it happens.’
    • ‘Mr Gittoes said he had decided to let the matter ride, but would prefer people see his film.’
    • ‘We let your losses ride because you had a rep out in Seattle for paying up and continuing to be a player.’
    • ‘But I sometimes think that my ex and I managed to communicate ourselves right out of the relationship, so now I'm trying to teach myself to let things ride and not to scrutinize every little comment or gesture.’
    • ‘But as long as there's no damage to the car or any passenger, I let things ride.’
    • ‘Of course, it would take a lot of my time to contact all these sites and media outlets to correct their errors and I think it's more important I spend my time on my next book or movie so I just let it ride.’
    • ‘Dean was not happy with the lie, but he was coaxed into letting it ride.’
    • ‘Whatever you do, don't let things ride for too long.’
    • ‘We'd discussed the possibility of my leaving at the end of this journey, and had finally decided to let things ride for a while, and to see what happened.’
    • ‘Is P & G just letting the story ride so that all the networks come back and say, please, we'll take off 10 percent of the price, just please advertise with us?’
    deliberately ignore, not take into consideration, disregard, take no notice of, take no account of, accept, allow, make allowances for, let pass, turn a blind eye to, overlook, forget, wink at, blink at, connive at
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