piggyback

To ride piggyback is to hang on to someone's shoulders as they carry you on their back. The best babysitters are happy to give endless piggyback rides.

You can use piggyback as an adverb or a noun: "Will you give me a piggyback the rest of the way home?" It can also mean "use someone else's work for support or advantage," like when your idea of selling muffins piggybacks on your brother's existing plan to drive a bakery-themed food truck around town. Experts think piggyback comes from pickaback and the even earlier pick pack (think "backpack").

Definitions of piggyback
  1. adverb
    on the back or shoulder or astraddle on the hip
    “she carried her child piggyback
    synonyms: pickaback, pig-a-back
  2. noun
    the act of carrying something piggyback
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    type of:
    carry
    the act of carrying something
  3. verb
    ride on someone's shoulders or back
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    type of:
    ride
    be carried or travel on or in a vehicle
  4. verb
    support on the back and shoulders
    “He piggybacked her child so she could see the show”
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    type of:
    bear, carry, hold
    support or hold in a certain manner
  5. verb
    haul by railroad car
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    type of:
    haul
    transport in a vehicle
  6. verb
    haul truck trailers loaded with commodities on railroad cars
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    type of:
    haul
    transport in a vehicle
  7. adverb
    on a railroad flatcar
    “the trailer rode piggyback across the country”
    synonyms: pickaback, pig-a-back
  8. verb
    bring into alignment with
    “an amendment to piggyback the current law”
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    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
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