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“piggyback” in British English

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piggybacknoun [ C ]

uk /ˈpɪɡ.i.bæk/ us /ˈpɪɡ.i.bæk/ also piggyback ride

piggybackadverb

uk /ˈpɪɡ.i.bæk/ us /ˈpɪɡ.i.bæk/

piggybackverb [ I ]

uk /ˈpɪɡ.i.bæk/ us /ˈpɪɡ.i.bæk/

(Definition of “piggyback” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“piggyback” in American English

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piggybackadjective, adverb [ not gradable ]

us /ˈpɪɡ·iˌbæk/

on someone’s back:

Uncle Sean loves to give Tyler piggyback rides.

(Definition of “piggyback” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“piggyback” in Business English

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piggybackverb [ I ]

uk /ˈpɪɡibæk/ us

to use something that already exists or has already been done successfully to do something else quickly or effectively:

piggyback on/off/onto sth The mobile phone company managed to break into European markets by piggybacking off existing networks.

piggybackadjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˈpɪɡibæk/ us

also piggy-back used to describe something that piggybacks off another successful or effective thing:

piggyback arrangements/advertising/loans Mortgage customers were attracted by offers such as piggyback loans to pay for deposits.

(Definition of “piggyback” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)