ride shotgun

wachal robert s rwachal at BLUE.WEEG.UIOWA.EDU
Wed Jul 28 16:27:39 UTC 1999

This won't really help, but it was an expression used often in Wester
films way back.

On Wed, 28 Jul 1999, Joan Houston Hall wrote:

> DARE is into the R's and S's now, and we've been looking at the phrases
> with "ride."  In considering the phrase "ride shotgun," meaning 'to ride in
> the front passenger seat of a car,' we've found that it's widespread
> throughout the country, and that there are more than 65 web pages that
> offer "Shotgun Rules!"  But we got to wondering about the presumed source
> of that meaning, 'to ride as an armed guard on a stagecoach,' and have come
> up with nothing.  The earliest quote we've found is from 1961, and is for
> the car sense, though it alludes to a historic sense.  Is the stagecoach
> meaning a figment of our imagination?  Did it come from a popular Western
> movie and get quickly transferred to a car?  Can anyone help?  Thanks!

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