Riding shotgun

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Riding shotgun refers to the practice of sitting alongside the driver in a moving vehicle.

The expression was applied originally to the movie depiction of stagecoaches and wagons in the Wild West, in danger of being robbed or attacked. An employee or passenger would sit beside the driver, carrying a shotgun or rifle, to provide an armed response in case of threat to the cargo or passengers.[1]

More recently, the term has been applied to the contest of a group of friends to determine who rides beside the driver in a car. There may be elaborate rules involved in the game.[2][3]

It is also used to mean giving actual or figurative support or aid to someone in a situation or project, i.e. to "watch their back."

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