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piggyback

noun [C] uk   /ˈpɪɡ.i.bæk/ ( also piggyback ride) us  
a ride on someone's back with your arms round the person's neck and your legs round their waist: I gave her a piggyback ride.

piggyback

adverb uk   /ˈpɪɡ.i.bæk/ us  
on someone's back, or on the back of something: Martha rode piggyback on her dad. Dom carried his daughter piggyback when she got too tired to walk.

piggyback

verb [I] uk   /ˈpɪɡ.i.bæk/ us  
to use something that someone else has made or done in order to get an advantage: Everyone wants to piggyback on the phenomenal success of the TV series.
Translations of “piggyback”
in Chinese (Traditional) 背,馱…
in Russian на закорках…
in Turkish sırtta taşıma, omuzda taşıma…
in Chinese (Simplified) 背,驮…
in Polish jazda na barana…
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