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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.Children's games

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.Children's games

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.Advantage and disadvantage
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