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adv. & adj.
1. On the shoulders or back: ride piggyback; a piggyback ride.
2. By or relating to a method of transportation in which truck trailers are carried on trains, or cars on specially designed trucks.
3. In connection with something larger or more important: a tariff provision that came piggyback with the tax bill; a piggyback provision to a new piece of legislation.
The act of transporting piggyback.
v. pig·gy·backed, pig·gy·back·ing, pig·gy·backs
To cause to be aligned with an issue, for example, that is larger or more important: "a $21.5-million federal grant to piggyback city and state subsidies" (New York).
To function as if carried on the back of another: "This reagent will piggyback onto an enzyme" (Seth Rolbein).

[Alteration of dialectal pig back, alteration of pickaback, pickback, pick pack : probably dialectal pick, to throw (variant of pitch) + back or pack.]
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(ˈpɪɡɪˌbæk) or


1. (Games, other than specified) a ride on the back and shoulders of another person
2. a system whereby a vehicle, aircraft, etc, is transported for part of its journey on another vehicle, such as a flat railway wagon, another aircraft, etc
3. (Games, other than specified) on the back and shoulders of another person
4. on or as an addition to something else
5. of or for a piggyback: a piggyback ride; piggyback lorry trains.
6. (Surgery) of or relating to a type of heart transplant in which the transplanted heart functions in conjunction with the patient's own heart
vb (tr)
7. to give (a person) a piggyback on one's back and shoulders
8. to transport (one vehicle) on another
9. (often foll by: on) to exploit an existing resource, system, or product
10. (Electronics) (tr) to attach to or mount on (an existing piece of equipment or system)
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(ˈpɪg iˌbæk)

1. on the back or shoulders: The child rode piggyback on her father.
2. astride the back or shoulders: a piggyback ride.
3. attached to, carried on, or allied with something else: a piggyback clause.
4. noting or pertaining to the carrying of one vehicle on another, as the carrying of truck trailers on flatcars.
5. to attach to, carry on, or ally with something else.
6. to carry on the back or shoulders.
7. to carry (one vehicle) on another.
8. to be attached to or carried on something else.
9. a piggyback ride.
10. a vehicle on which another is carried.
11. anything attached to or carried on something else.
Sometimes, pickaback.
[1580–90; alter. of pickaback]
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Past participle: piggybacked
Gerund: piggybacking

I piggyback
you piggyback
he/she/it piggybacks
we piggyback
you piggyback
they piggyback
I piggybacked
you piggybacked
he/she/it piggybacked
we piggybacked
you piggybacked
they piggybacked
Present Continuous
I am piggybacking
you are piggybacking
he/she/it is piggybacking
we are piggybacking
you are piggybacking
they are piggybacking
Present Perfect
I have piggybacked
you have piggybacked
he/she/it has piggybacked
we have piggybacked
you have piggybacked
they have piggybacked
Past Continuous
I was piggybacking
you were piggybacking
he/she/it was piggybacking
we were piggybacking
you were piggybacking
they were piggybacking
Past Perfect
I had piggybacked
you had piggybacked
he/she/it had piggybacked
we had piggybacked
you had piggybacked
they had piggybacked
I will piggyback
you will piggyback
he/she/it will piggyback
we will piggyback
you will piggyback
they will piggyback
Future Perfect
I will have piggybacked
you will have piggybacked
he/she/it will have piggybacked
we will have piggybacked
you will have piggybacked
they will have piggybacked
Future Continuous
I will be piggybacking
you will be piggybacking
he/she/it will be piggybacking
we will be piggybacking
you will be piggybacking
they will be piggybacking
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been piggybacking
you have been piggybacking
he/she/it has been piggybacking
we have been piggybacking
you have been piggybacking
they have been piggybacking
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been piggybacking
you will have been piggybacking
he/she/it will have been piggybacking
we will have been piggybacking
you will have been piggybacking
they will have been piggybacking
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been piggybacking
you had been piggybacking
he/she/it had been piggybacking
we had been piggybacking
you had been piggybacking
they had been piggybacking
I would piggyback
you would piggyback
he/she/it would piggyback
we would piggyback
you would piggyback
they would piggyback
Past Conditional
I would have piggybacked
you would have piggybacked
he/she/it would have piggybacked
we would have piggybacked
you would have piggybacked
they would have piggybacked
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.piggyback - the act of carrying something piggyback
carry - the act of carrying something
Verb1.piggyback - ride on someone's shoulders or back
ride - be carried or travel on or in a vehicle; "I ride to work in a bus"; "He rides the subway downtown every day"
2.piggyback - haul truck trailers loaded with commodities on railroad cars
haul - transport in a vehicle; "haul stones from the quarry in a truck"; "haul vegetables to the market"
3.piggyback - haul by railroad car
haul - transport in a vehicle; "haul stones from the quarry in a truck"; "haul vegetables to the market"
4.piggyback - support on the back and shoulders; "He piggybacked her child so she could see the show"
carry, bear, hold - support or hold in a certain manner; "She holds her head high"; "He carried himself upright"
5.piggyback - bring into alignment with; "an amendment to piggyback the current law"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
Adv.1.piggyback - on a railroad flatcar; "the trailer rode piggyback across the country"
2.piggyback - on the back or shoulder or astraddle on the hip; "she carried her child piggyback"
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A. N to give sb a piggybackllevar a algn a cuestas
B. ADV to carry sb piggybackllevar a algn a cuestas
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piggy-back [ˈpɪgibæk]
to give sb a piggyback → porter qn sur son dos
I can't give you a piggyback, you're too heavy → Je ne peux pas te porter sur mon dos, tu es trop lourd.
to give sb a piggyback ride → porter qn sur le dos
They give each other piggy-back rides → Ils se portent sur le dos à tour de rôle.
adv [carry, ride] → à califourchon
My father carried me up the hill, piggyback → Mon père me porta à califourchon en haut de la colline.
piggyback on
vtsurfer sur
I was just piggybacking on Stokes's idea → Je surfais juste sur l'idée de Stokes.piggy bank piggybank [ˈpɪgibæŋk] ntirelire fpig-headed pigheaded [ˌpɪgˈhɛdɪd] adjtêtu(e) comme une mule
She, in her pig-headed way, insists that she is right → Elle soutient, têtue comme une mule comme à son habitude, qu'elle a raison .pig-headedness [ˌpɪgˈhɛdɪdnɪs] nentêtement m
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n to give somebody a piggybackjdn huckepack nehmen; the little girl wanted a piggybackdas kleine Mädchen wollte huckepack getragen werden
adv (US Rail, also Comput) → huckepack inv
vi to piggyback on something (fig)etw (zu seinem Vorteil) ausnutzen
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007


[ˈpɪgɪˌbæk] n to give sb a piggybackportare qn in groppa
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(pig) noun
1. a kind of farm animal whose flesh is eaten as pork, ham and bacon. He keeps pigs.
2. an offensive word for an unpleasant, greedy or dirty person. You pig!
ˈpiggyplural ˈpiggies noun
a child's word for a (little) pig.
like a pig's. piggy eyes.
ˈpiglet (-lit) noun
a baby pig.
piggybackpickabackˌpigˈheaded adjective
stubborn. a pigheaded idiot.
ˌpigˈheadedness noun
ˈpigskin noun, adjective
(of) a kind of leather made from the skin of a pig. Her purse was (made of) pigskin.
ˈpigstyplural ˈpigsties, ~ˈpigstyes noun
1. a building in which pigs are kept.
2. a dirty, untidy place. This room is a pigsty!
pigswillswillˈpigtail noun
a plait usually worn at the sides of the head. She wears her hair in pigtails.
pigs might fly
said of something very unlikely to happen. `We might have fine weather for our holidays.' `Yes, and pigs might fly!'
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