American Slang Phrase of the Week!

Here is another American slang phrase for students learning English for academic purposes.

 

Phrase: To ride shotgun/ to call shotgun

Definition: To ride in the front seat of the car

Where it came from: The imagery invoked by the phrase comes from stagecoaches, specifically the person who rode in the seat next to the driver whose job was to fend off any would-be bandits with a shotgun.

Example: “I’m going to the mall, anyone want to come?” “Yes, I call shotgun!”

 

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