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piggyback

Syllabification: pig·gy·back
Pronunciation: /ˈpiɡēˌbak
 
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Definition of piggyback in English:

noun

A ride on someone’s back and shoulders.
Example sentences
  • Now, for that, give me a piggyback ride back up this hill.
  • Colin and I were walking up the road in town when he decided he would rather have a piggyback.
  • I'll give Mike a piggyback into the party so he can arrive in style……

adjective

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1On the back and shoulders of another person: a piggyback ride
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  • Here’s the priceless moment between David and his mom as he gives her a piggyback ride as a part of Korean wedding tradition.
  • I'd had the foresight to wear my waterproof hiking boots, so to save my wife's shoes from ruin I gave her a piggyback ride while she held the umbrella.
  • Now the younger monk was perturbed by his friend's conduct because their monastic code forbade them touching a woman, much less giving her a piggyback ride.
1.1Attached to or riding on a larger object: a telescope with fittings for piggyback cameras
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  • The top carry handle also includes a 1/2-20 stud for piggyback camera mounting.
  • Piggyback mounts allow a camera to be mounted parallel to the axis of a telescope, such that camera and telescope are pointed at the same target.
  • Then a physician at Oxford University offered to include him in a test of a new piggyback device - an "axial flow pump" that pushes blood in a continuous stream (no pulse) through the heart's left ventricle and out into the body.

adverb

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On the back and shoulders of another person: he had to carry him piggyback
More example sentences
  • Ben grasped Maya's legs and stood, proceeding to carry her piggyback down the apartment's short corridor to the kitchen.
  • She had been carrying Chase piggyback for some time, and now he was out cold.
  • They playfully rode piggyback on their team-mates' shoulders, duelling each other with loaded bottles of champagne.

verb

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1Carry by or as if by piggyback.
Example sentences
  • With his warm chubby arms around my neck, I piggybacked him about the yard, feeling the eyes of my family watching us through the windows.
  • Lexi had fallen asleep, so her dad piggybacked her to the village.
  • How fast could I get there carrying a plastic grocery sack of food in one hand, a dog on a leash with the other, and piggybacking a four-year-old boy?
1.1Mount on or attach to (an existing object or system): providers of information have piggybacked their own networks onto the system
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  • A SOF distribution system is required to piggyback existing distribution nodes only as needed and maintain asset visibility to ensure prioritization, timeliness, and accountability.
  • Instead, Austrian shares are increasingly being seen as a way for investors to piggyback the economic upswing across the EU's accession states.
  • Instead, he said he intends to piggyback his intelligent computing network on mobile phone networks.
1.2 [no object] Use existing work or an existing product as a basis or support: we were piggybacking on their training program
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  • However, the company has signalled its intention to enter the mobile market either by buying an existing player or by piggybacking on an another operator's network.
  • When user logs into his bank's website, the attacker piggybacks on that session via the Trojan to make any fraudulent transaction he wants.
  • A large proportion of the self-employed acquire coverage in health and dental plans by piggybacking on the employer-sponsored plan of a spouse or close relative.

Origin

mid 16th century (as an adverb): although analyzed by folk etymology in various ways from an early date, the word's origin remains obscure.

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  • pig from (Old English):

    The word pig appears in Old English only once, the usual word being swine. In the Middle Ages pig at first meant specifically ‘a young pig’, as it still does in North America. Observations such as pigs might fly had a 17th-century parallel in pigs fly with their tails forward. An early user of the modern form was Lewis Carroll in 1865 in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: ‘ “I've a right to think,” said Alice sharply…“Just about as much right,” said the Duchess, “as pigs have to fly.” ’ In a pig in a poke, poke (Middle English) means ‘a small sack or bag’, now found mainly in Scottish English. The British phrase to make a pig's ear out of, ‘to handle ineptly’, probably derives from the proverb you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear, recorded from the 16th century. In the children's game pig (or piggy) in the middle, first recorded in the Folk-Lore Journal of 1887, two people throw a ball to each other while a third tries to intercept it. This is behind the use of pig in the middle for a person who is in an awkward situation between two others. Piggyback has been around since the mid 16th century, but the origin of the expression has been lost. Early forms tend to be something like ‘pick-a-pack’ which seems to have been changed by folk etymology to the form we now have. See also hog

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