joy + ride
joyride (plural joyrides)
- An instance of driving a motor vehicle in a carefree or reckless manner, especially a vehicle which has been taken without the permission of the owner.
2008 September 13, Sam Emanuel, “Thieves go for spin in stolen go-karts”, in Norwich Evening News, retrieved 25 September 2008:
- Thieves took three go-karts for a joyride through the streets of Norwich.
- (dated) A ride taken for enjoyment.
instance of driving a motor vehicle in a carefree or reckless manner
dated: ride taken for enjoyment
joyride (third-person singular simple present joyrides, present participle joyriding, simple past joyrode, past participle joyridden)
- To take a joyride.
2008 August 27, Laura Albanese, “Joyriding teen arrested on delinquency charge”, in Newsday, retrieved 25 September 2008:
- His parents were out shopping and he used the opportunity to snatch the keys to the 1999 Suzuki Esteem and joyride around the neighborhood.