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A corruption of pickaback, itself a corruption of pick-pack, like a pack.


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piggyback (not comparable)

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  1. On somebody's back or shoulders.
    a piggyback ride
  2. Pertaining to transportation of goods where one transportation unit is carried on the back of something else. For example, a truck on a train.
    • 1985, John H. Mahoney, Intermodal Freight Transportation
      Until this time the railroads had favored piggyback services []
  3. Attached or appended to something larger or more important.
    piggyback legislation

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piggyback (not comparable)

  1. On somebody's back or shoulders.
    to ride piggyback


  • (on somebody's back or shoulders): pooseback (some US dialects)



piggyback (third-person singular simple present piggybacks, present participle piggybacking, simple past and past participle piggybacked)

  1. (transitive) to carry someone on the back or shoulders.
  2. (transitive) To attach or append something to another (usually larger) object or event.
    They tried to piggyback that proposal on the rivers and harbors bill.
    The popular host can’t claim credit for the trade, though. The idea wasn’t his. He piggybacked off another successful investor who had a history of picking winners.
    • 2011 Allen Gregory, "1 Night in Gottlieb" (season 1, episode 2):
      Allen Gregory DeLongpre: Pat, I gotta tell you, you did a lot of things right with this lunch―kudos. You got back quickly, you showed initiative, and, best of all, you left plenty of room for improvement. Piggybacking on that last part, the ugly business of the critique.
    • 2012, Andrew Martin, Underground Overground: A passenger's history of the Tube, Profile Books, →ISBN, page 81:
      [...] having crossed the river, the District again became entwined with the London & South Western Railway. In fact, the District would go from East Putney to Wimbledon by piggybacking on to a branch line of that railway, and sometimes overground trains still use the branch as a relief route between Wimbledon and Clapham Common.
  3. (transitive, Internet) To obtain a wireless internet connection by bringing one's own computer within the range of another's wireless connection without that subscriber's permission or knowledge.
  4. (transitive, Internet) To utilize "last-mile" wiring rented from a larger owner ISP by a smaller ISP.
  5. (transitive) To transport (a lorry/truck) on a flatbed railway waggon
  6. (transitive) To enter a secured area at the same time along with someone having authorized access; to tailgate



piggyback (plural piggybacks)

  1. A ride on somebody's back or shoulders.
  2. An act or instance of piggybacking.
    • 2000, Craig Allen, Eisenhower and the Mass Media: Peace, Prosperity, and Prime-time TV[1]:
      The GOP had done its homework prior to bargaining for these piggybacks.

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