Green’s Dictionary of Slang

ride v.

1. in sexual senses.

(a) of a man, to have sexual intercourse; also sometimes of a woman, thus riding, sexual intercourse.

[UK]Skelton Dyvers Balettys and Dyties Solacyous ii line 21: He rydyth well the horse, but he rydyth better the mare.
[Scot]Dunbar ‘The Wowing of the King in Dunfermeling’ in Mackenzie Poems (1932) 52: And with hir playit, and maid gud game, Syne till his breist did hir imbrace, And wald haif riddin hir lyk ane rame.
[UK]Hickscorner Avii: Wanton Sybble [...] She is so sure in dede Ryde and you wyll ten tymes a daye.
[UK]Wife Lapped in Morrelles Skin in Hazlitt Early Popular Poetry IV line 547: I could not lye still, nor rest take me: Sometimes on my syde and sometimes on my backe He rolde [sic] and layd me.
[UK]J. Heywood Proverbs II Ch. iiii: A man may love his house well, / Though ryde not on the ridge, I have hearde tell.
[UK]‘Cambridg Libell’ in May & Bryson Verse Libel 337: A ryding jade, she needs no staff.
[UK]Lyly Euphues (1916) 104: My counsel is that thou have more strings to they bow than one. It is safe riding at two anchors [...] the mind enamoured on two women is less affected with desire.
[UK]Gesta Grayorum in J. Nichols Progresses and Processions of Queen Elizabeth (1823) III 327: John the pander claimes to hold [...] two tenements called the Cunyborrowes, lyinge in Stinke Court, by townage in capita, to finde three Flanders mares yearly, for sixe of his Highnes Black Guard, to ride uppon any Requiem.
[UK]Dekker & Webster Westward Hoe V i: This Monopoly is an arrant knaue [...] sufferd to ride vp and downe with other mens wiues.
[UK]Dekker Canting Song O per se O O2: Take heede thou, too, thou hackney-mare who ne’er art ridden, but paid.
[US] ‘Statute for Swearers and Drunkards’ in Rollins Pepysian Garland (1922) 191: You that consume your states, by debosht courses; / Riding the Turnbole Iades, like hackney horses.
[UK]R. Brome Sparagus Garden IV iv: [He] has never top’d her in the way we treat of, / Before he wed her: for my sonne shall not ride / In his old boots upon his wedding night.
[UK]New Brawle 12: I was never [...] taken by the Watch with the Bawdy Barber [...] when you ask’d him, Whether he would ride a trott , or a gallop.
[UK]Mennis & Smith ‘To a Lady Vex’d with a Jealous Husband’ Musarum Deliciae (1817) 59: If we set a ganneril on their docks, Ride them with bits, or on their geer set locks.
[UK]Wandring Whore I 4: The several postures are necessary, because all men do not affect one and the same riding. [Ibid.] IV 10: They are ridden and stridden oftner then the variest Hackney jades in Coleman street.
[US]C. Sackville ‘Letter from Lord Buckhurst to Mr. Etheredge’ in Thorpe Etheredge: Poems (1963) 36: And if you do not there provide / A Port where I may safely ride / Landing in haste in some foul Creek, / ’Tis ten to one I spring a Leak.
[UK]J. Wade Vinegar and Mustard B: When the fellows Breeches were down, and he got up thou was ask, whether he was ride a galops or a trots?
[UK]M. Stevenson Wits Paraphras’d 82: Like him a Princess to bestride, / Is’t nothing els but up and ride?
[UK] Bog-house Misc. 24: D---n Molley H——ns for her Pride, / She’ll suffer none but Lords to ride.
[UK]W. King York Spy 44: An old Maiden-head Broker came out, Gentlemen, said he, pray walk in, I have as bonny a Tit came last Night, as any in Town, I’ll let her out for Twelve pence a Stage, and she rides as well as any young Philly.
[Scot]Order of the Beggar's Benison and Merryland (1892) 31: Dinner Sentiments [...] Instructions in Riding ‘[...] secure your seat in the saddle, and then try posting between a pair of shafts’.
[UK]‘Roger Pheuquewell’ Description of Merryland (1741) 44: Steer along Shore to the Bby-Mountains [sic], where there is good Riding; and [...] push in boldly for the Harbour. [Ibid.] 47: The more you veer, the better you will ride.
[UK]The Tricks of the Town Laid Open (4 edn) 66: Their [i.e. a prostitute] Legs will direct you that they have rid hard in former Times.
[UK]Bloody Register I 133: And, what is worse than thieves can do, / Cheat you of soul and money too; / Lead scandalous and wicked lives, / And, like Bell-swagger, ride your wives.
Heigh for Bread and Cream [Scots song] She poppit into bed, And I popp’t in beside her; She lifted up her leg, And I began to ride her [F&H].
[UK]‘Roger Ranger’ ‘Sentiments & Toasts’ Covent Garden Jester 86: May we ride till sixty without falling off.
[UK]An Essay on the Art of Strangling 7: Mounting men, unaccustomed to hard riding [...] urge them to drive on at so unconscionable a rate.
[UK] song in Papers of Francis Place (1819) n.p.: He took her to the river side and there he laid her legs so wide / And on her belly he did ride.
[UK]Satirist (London) 15 July 229/3: The Countess of Coventry, we hear, figures away at Rome occasionally, in a jockey dress. Her Ladyship has been pretty well noted at home for her riding habits.
[UK] ‘O, Saw You My Ass When ’Twas Out On The Green’ Flash Chaunter 13: They wish for to ride it, but e’er they do mount, / I make ’em come handsomely down with their blunt.
[UK] ‘A Young Flash Lass & An Old Jack Daw’ Nobby Songster 45: I should like to ride you now, / Said the young flash w---- to the old Jack Daw.
[US]Gleaner (Manchester, NH) 1 Apr. n.p.: Lowell Wants to Know [...] Where J.J. went when he took Miss S.R. to a sleigh ride [...] and whether it was good riding or not, how is it Jim?
[Aus]Satirist & Sporting Chron. (Sydney) 25 Feb. 1/1: He has certainly descended from his high Estate [...] or he never would have descended to ride a jack-ass’s daughter.
The C — , The Open C — [broadside] Her legs were stretch'd, her C—t gap'd wide, / In the happy hour when I did ride.
[US]Life in Boston & N.Y. (Boston, MA) 28 June n.p.: Somewhere in that street, was a ‘knight of the whip’ [...] with a married woman, probably they went to take lessons in the riding school.
[US]letter q. in Wiley Life of Billy Yank (1952) 258: In the evening Horizonal Refreshments or in Plainer words Riding a Dutch gal.
[Aus]Dead Bird (Sydney) 28 Dec. 7/2: ‘Aw yas, wal I’ll ride MisS — — any day in the week for a fiver.’ [...] Miss P— , with a look of indignation on her brow, bounced out of the room.
[UK]Farmer Vocabula Amatoria (1966) 11: Aller l’amble = to copulate; ‘to ride’ gently.
[UK]Forbidden Fruit n.p.: She asked me how I had enjoyed my riding.—‘Oh, it was delightful, Mamma,’ I said thinking of her and Patty.
[Ire]Joyce Ulysses 317: And what do you think, says Joe, of the holy boys, the priests and bishops of Ireland doing up his room in Maynooth in his Satanic Majesty’s racing colours and sticking up pictures of all the horses his jockeys rode. The earl of Dublin, no less. – They ought to have stuck up all the women he rode himself, says little Alf. [Ibid.] 727: That blackguardlooking fellow with the fine eyes peeling a switch attack me in the dark and ride me up against a wall without a word.
[US]Lonnie Johnson ‘Best Jockey in Town’ 🎵 I’m a jockey by trade, I’ve rode the best in horses that run / And if you don’t start jumpin’, I will show you how the ridin’s done.
[US]H. Miller Roofs of Paris (1983) 260: Sid is riding her and Ann has passed out cold.
[US](con. 1870s) S. Longstreet Pedlocks (1971) 66: Have you heard the story of the old Irish woman who was asked if she was ever bedridden? ‘Hundreds of times,’ she answered, ‘and once in a sled!’.
[US](con. 1930s) R. Wright Lawd Today 186: ‘He’s riding her like a bicycle!’ ‘And she look like she likes it!’.
[US]D. Goines Dopefiend (1991) 89: He mounted her with the intention of riding her roughly.
[Ire]H. Leonard Out After Dark 148: ‘Belfast? What do you want to go to Belfast for?’ He looked at me as if at a thick. ‘To ride women, what do you think?’.
[Aus]P. Temple Bad Debts (2012) [ebook] Didn’t know old Oscar [i.e. Wilde]rode horses. Knew he rode evereything else.
[Ire]P. McCabe Breakfast on Pluto 112: Making up stupid fantasies about his mother just because she was rode by a priest.
[Ire]P. McCabe Holy City 182: I rode your mother, C.J. Slipped her a length of pipe, as the boys used to say.
M.S. Crosswell ‘Cinders’ in ThugLit Aug. [ebook] So good-looking [...] Mitch almost wants to strip and ride all over again.
[Scot]I. Welsh Decent Ride 4: Eh wis ridin that burd [...] tidy fuckin boady oan it.
[Aus]D. Whish-Wilson Old Scores [ebook] But the young man who’d been riding Candice was sober, which at least showed a degree of smarts.
[Ire]P Howard Braywatch 20: ‘It was alt the riding that helped me readize that Shadden was the wooden I really lubbed,.

(b) of a woman, to have sexual intercourse.

[UK] ‘Cuckolds Haven’ in Farmer Merry Songs and Ballads (1897) III 42: So long as they can goe or ride, / They’l have their husbands hornify’d.
[UK]T. Cranley (prisoner) Amanda or the Reformed Whore 23: Young bold-fac’t Queanes, and old fore-ridden Jades.
[UK]C. Pearl in Blatchford Memoirs (1983) 99: His tool was one of the longest I have ever seen (and as thick as it was long), so that when I rode him [...] I at first had to do so with care.
[US]Barbecue Bob ‘Freeze to Me Mama’ 🎵 Me and my gal we was side by side, / She said, ‘Daddy, I would like to ride’.
[Ire]C. Brown Down All the Days 210: Sure she’d ride anything, that one.
[US]L. Kramer Faggots 319: She’d ride him to the moon and stars.

(c) to sodomize.

[US]C. Panzram Journal of Murder in Gaddis & Long (2002) 48: I rode them old and young, tall and short, white and black.
[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular 88: anal intercourse [...] ride (‘Did you ever ride Chris?’ Syn: ride a bull = to fuck a virile man).
[Scot]T. Black Ringer [ebook] n.p.: Or I’ve had the arsehole rode off me by some big-time buftie-boy.

(d) (US) to play an instrument with rhythm and competence.

[US]P.E. Miller Down Beat’s Yearbook of Swing n.p.: ride : to play effortlessly, but with intensely rhythmic phrasing.
[US](con. 1948) G. Mandel Flee the Angry Strangers 33: I’m diggin a lot of Armstrong, ’cause he’s the man. You wanna hear how I go loose’n take off ridin like Louie.

(e) (US prison) to trade sexual favours for immunity from physical attack by fellow inmates.

[US]Other Side of the Wall: Prisoner’s Dict. July 🌐 Ride: (1) To pay commisary or sexual favors to prevent being assaulted by other inmates. (2) To go along with someone. (TX).

2. (US campus) to use a translation in an examination or when preparing classwork [pun].

[US]B.H. Hall College Words (rev. edn) 255: Hobbies are used by some students in translating Latin, Greek, and other languages, who from this reason are said to ride, in contradistinction to others who learn their lessons by study, who are said to dig or grub.
[US]W.C. Gore Student Sl. in Cohen (1997) 11: ride v. Same as ‘pony’ v. q.v. ‘let him prepare his lessons and pass his examinations, and no one asks ... whether he walked or rode through the difficult places.’.
[US]E.H. Babbitt ‘College Words & Phrases’ in DN II:i 54: ride, v. To use a translation.
[US]H. Sebastian ‘Negro Sl. in Lincoln University’ in AS IX:4 290: ride To use a pony (horse or trot) in an examination, as in I rode all the way in that exam.
[US]L.P. Boone ‘Gator Sl.’ AS XXXIV:2 156: Cribbing, or riding, though not condoned, is an established fact.

3. in verbal or emotional senses; to ‘get on someone’s back’.

(a) to pressurize.

[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 23 Aug. 14/4: I was frightened to ‘ride’ the old chap – thought his legs wouldn’t stand – but, bless you, he’d forgotten all about them himself. About a hundred yards from home the boy made his run, and I sat down on Pol. and asked him the question he had never shirked. By God, sir, it does my heart good to think of it now!
[US]H. Simon ‘Prison Dict.’ in AS VIII:3 (1933) 31/1: RIDE. Persecute or make work unduly hard.
[US]Dos Passos Three Soldiers 75: ‘This is the life,’ said Fuselli. ‘Ye’re damn right, buddy, if ye’re don’t let them ride yer,’ said Dan.
[US]R. Chandler ‘Red Wind’ Red Wind (1946) 42: Something was riding him when he turned and took two bullets.
[US]I. Shulman Amboy Dukes 115: You’re riding us when we didn’t do anything.
[US]J. Thompson Criminal (1993) 11: Henley didn’t ride me about a thing for the rest of the day.
[US]C. Himes Run Man Run (1969) 102: What would this district attorney do with that, riding the department as he is?
[US]C. Hiaasen Double Whammy (1990) 235: Dennis was impatient, he was riding Bobby pretty hard.
[US]B. Hamper Rivethead (1992) 206: With a tight grip on the whip, the new bossman started riding the crew. No music [...] No horseplay. No drinking.
[US]C. Cook Robbers (2001) 239: You riding me pretty hard, Rule.
[US]T. Pluck ‘Freedom Bird’ in Life During Wartime (2018) 3: You just needed to ride him a bit hard.

(b) (US campus) to reprimand, to scold.

[US]E.H. Babbitt ‘College Words and Phrases’ in DN II:i 54: ride, v. To censure.
[US]Dos Passos Three Soldiers 404: They won’t light on a feller unless they have to.’ ‘That’s a goddam lie,’ cried Chrisfield. ‘They like ridin’ yer. A douboy’s less’n a dawg to ’em.’.
[US]C. Coe Hooch! 96: They’re a cheap bunch, but they know I can ride ’em if I don’t like the way they act.
[US]A. Halper Foundry 269: If Duffy knew you were taking out my daughter, he’d ride hell out of you.
[US]F.H. Hubbard Railroad Avenue 199: The old man was always ridin’ me.
[US]E. Hunter ‘Vicious Circle’ Jungle Kids (1967) 31: So she rode me for it [i.e. committing a crime]. She didn’t understand.

(c) to annoy, to irritate.

[UK]P. Marks Plastic Age 200: How come you ’re picking on me? Why don’t you ride some of them for a while?
[US]‘Goat’ Laven Rough Stuff 181: If you fall down on the job, I’ll ride you till the end of your time.
[US]I. Shulman Cry Tough! 49: He kept ridin’ me all the time. He hated me.
[US]R. Prather Always Leave ’Em Dying 102: His needling me then until I’d flipped a little myself, and his continuing to ride me in the papers.
[UK]R.L. Pike Mute Witness (1997) 3: Don’t let him ride you, either.
[US]E. Bullins ‘Dandy’ in King Black Short Story Anthol. (1972) 80: He just rides me, that’s all.
[Aus]B. Ellem Doing Time : .
[US](con. 1940s) C. Bram Hold Tight (1990) Why you riding me like this? What did I do to you?

(d) to tease, to taunt; to harass verbally.

[US]T.A. Dorgan in Zwilling TAD Lex. (1993) 69: Riding A Hard Boiled Egg Gay Dog Whose Wife Has Just Returned After An Extended Visit To The Mountains.
[US]H.C. Witwer Smile A Minute 56: This Slugger Weir guy kept sneerin’ that I prob’ly was gonna treat ’em all to ice-cream sodas, so’s they’d lay off ridin’ me.
[US]R. Lardner ‘Hurry Kane’ in Coll. Short Stories (1941) 91: He warned the boys not to ride him or play too many jokes on him.
[US](con. 1920s) J.T. Farrell Young Manhood in Studs Lonigan (1936) 337: Jesus, them turkeys down there would ride the pants off me.
[US]R. Chandler Farewell, My Lovely (1949) 19: Ride me [...] Okey, go ahead and ride me. Everybody else does.
[US]B. Schulberg On the Waterfront (1964) 212: ‘Don’t tell me a member of the high-ocracy is [...] gettin’ his hands dirty,’ Runty rode him.
[UK]G. Lambert Inside Daisy Clover (1966) 73: Gloria, I’ll stop riding you if you can’t take it.
[US](con. 1970) J.M. Del Vecchio 13th Valley (1983) 95: What the fuck’s with you? You’ve been ridin my ass since I came in.
[Aus]B. Ellem Doing Time 67: [Y]ou don’t have to wheel the whip to be a sadist [...] , there’s a lot of ways that screws here can crucify a crim. Be getting on their back, by riding hell out of them.
[US]E. Bunker Mr Blue 380: I was riding Willy as a joke. It was part of the relationship.
[NZ]D. Looser Boobslang [U. Canterbury D.Phil. thesis] 153/1: ride v. 1 to harass, to persecute, to continually take advantage of another’s fear and emotions 2 to trick a person by pretending to be his friend, building up his confidence, and then suddenly destroying it.
[Scot]L. McIlvanney All the Colours 308: [T]his blowhard at the bar starts riding the guy, cracking funnies.

(e) (US black) to show off.

[US]Pittsburgh Courier (PA) 22 Aug. 7/6: Ride— (showing off).

(f) to pursue closely.

[US]F. Paley Rumble on the Docks (1955) 101: They’re ridin’ our ass already [...] Scatter.
[US]N.C. Heard When Shadows Fall 7: The dark limousine [...] rode the bumpers of smaller cars till they gave way.
[US](con. 1962) J. Ellroy Enchanters 58: I rode her back bumper [...] She’d never notice.

(g) to overcome.

[US] in T.I. Rubin Sweet Daddy 9: Once hit a double for two grand [...] was really riding them [i.e. the bookmakers] there for a while.

4. (US Und.) to move from a local gaol to prison proper.

[US]S. Ornitz Haunch Paunch and Jowl 69: The bulls nailed him and the Dope and the Dago. And now they’re going to ride [...] The court committed them for an eighteen months’ minimum sojurn in the dreaded House of Refuge on Randall’s Island.
[US]Bentley & Corbett Prison Sl. 9: Waiting to Catch the Chain Inmates waiting to be transferred from jail to a prison. (Archaic: ship, ride).

5. (US) to endure, to suffer, to experience.

[US]J. O’Connor Broadway Racketeers 182: The last time I went through [prison] I rode for a sixty grand score.
[US]D. Lamson We Who Are About to Die 191: It’s a tough beef he’s ridin’— plenty tough.
[US](con. 1948) G. Mandel Flee the Angry Strangers 131: Boy, you’re riding, Buster.
[US]J. Wambaugh Choirboys (1976) 331: No sense anybody else riding this beef.
[UK]M. Amis London Fields 417: I see no alternative to riding it out.
[UK]C. Newland Scholar 117: They killed me puttin’ the bone back in place, but tomorrow I get a big off cast an’ the painkillers’ll help me ride it until den.
[UK]N. Barlay Hooky Gear 38: Fat years. Fat fat fat years. I been ridin it. I have. An now they got me again.
[UK]G. Krauze What They Was 185: Rex is in pen riding a four-year sentence.

6. (US gang) to appear in, to frequent; to involve oneself in the gangster life .

R. Sullivan LAbyrinth 141: [S]ince people thought Southside had killed Tupac, his people, the Mob Piru, would be riding in our neighborhood.
[US]G. Hayward Corruption Officer [ebk] cap. 54: Suck it up nigga. You knew what it was when you decided to ride.

7. see punk out v. (2)

8. see ride the lightning

In derivatives

rideable (adj.)

of a woman, sexually alluring.

[Scot](con. 1980s) I. Welsh Skagboys 68: Do you actually know how phenomenally fucking rideable your daughter is?

Pertaining to sexual intercourse

In phrases

ride a train (v.)

(US) of a man, to have sexual intercourse.

J. Duke ‘Bastards of Apathy’ in ThugLit Sept./Oct. [ebook] ‘I wouldn’t mind riding that train.’ ‘You’d fuck her?’.
ride below the crupper (v.) [SE crupper, the hind-quarters or rump of a horse; also the human buttocks]

of a man, to have sexual intercourse.

[UK]Partridge DSUE (8th edn) 974/1: mid-C.17–18.
ride in another man’s boots (v.) (also to ride in another’s/anyone’s old boots)

to marry another man’s ex-wife or widow, or to start keeping his former mistress.

[UK]R. Brome Sparagus Garden IV iv: [He] Has never top’d her in the way we treat of, / Before he wed her: for my sonne shall not ride / In his old boots upon his wedding night.
[UK] in D’Urfey Pills to Purge Melancholy II 11: If you love riding in others old Boots, / For God’s sake make hast with your Journey. [Ibid.] IV 172: And he shall Ride in both our Boots, / That comes the next to Wooe her.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (2nd, 3rd edn) n.p.: To ride in anyone’s old boots; to marry or keep his cast-off mistress.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
ride someone’s leg (v.) [the image of a dog rubbing itself amorously against one’s leg]

(US prison) to befriend officers in the hope of gaining favours.

[US]Other Side of the Wall: Prisoner’s Dict. July 🌐 Riding Leg: Becoming friendly to staff to get a favor. ‘He sure is riding that Lt’s leg hard to get a bunk change.’.
ride tantivy (v.) [SE tantivy, a gallop at full tilt]

as a euph. for sexual intercourse, i.e. to gallop.

[UK] ‘Hide-Park Frolick’ in Farmer Merry Songs and Ballads (1897) III 77: For my part I will [...] find out a Russet-coat Wench and a Hay-cock, / And there I will ride Tan-tivee.
ride the deck (v.) [deck n.1 (2)]

(US prison) to perform anal intercourse.

[US]H. Simon ‘Prison Dict.’ in AS VIII:3 (1933) 31/1: RIDE THE DECK. Commit sodomy.
[US]G. Legman ‘Lang. of Homosexuality’ Appendix VII in Henry Sex Variants.
[US]Goldin et al. DAUL 177/2: Ride the deck. 1. (Central and Western prisons) To practice active pederasty.
[US]Guild Dict. Homosexual Terms 39: ride the deck (v.): To pedicate. (Slang.).
[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular.
[US]R.O. Scott Gay Sl. Dict. 🌐 anal intercourse: [...] Syn: ride the deck.
ride the hobby horse (v.) [it is unlikely that the ref. to hobby horse n. (2) is more than coincidental]

(US campus) to have sexual intercourse.

[US] P. Munro Sl. U.
[US]K. Kainulainen ‘University Euphemisms in Calif. Today’ 🌐 A great number of expressions are used instead of the expression ‘to have sex’, which has probably lost its power to shock, for example ‘to ride the hobby horse’, ‘to make someone scream’, ‘to do the wild thing’, ‘to boost’, ‘to boink’, ‘to ball’ or ‘to bump’ to name a few.
ride the tan track (v.) [tan track n.]

to have homosexual anal intercourse.

[Aus]G. Seal Lingo 115: Related usages are to ride the tan track; dirt-track rider; ride the chocolate canyon, and to drill for vegemite.
riding-master (n.)

a paid / kept male lover.

[UK]Nocturnal Revels I 15: She [i.e. a retired bawd] lives snug, and enjoys herself and her riding-master [...] 58: Riding-masters for Ladies, capable of giving the most sensible lessons at almost a minute’s warnig.

Meaning to attack

ride down (v.) [image of a ‘Wild West’ posse]

(US prison) to attack in a group.

[[US]B. Cormack Racket Act III: delaney (Impatiently): What’ll they do? [...] What they always do—ride us down. mcquigg: No. This time, by God, I’ll use their machine myself to push Scarsi to trial].
[US]Bentley & Corbett Prison Sl. 90: Ride Down When a group of inmates or a gang attacks other inmates.
ride down to the ground (v.) [image of a ‘Wild West’ posse]

1. (US black) to attack verbally, to criticize heavily.

[US]E. Folb Runnin’ Down Some Lines 251: ride (one) down to the ground See holler.

2. to get down to the facts.

[US]T.R. Houser Central Sl. 19: down to the ground with it To get to the point. To get to the essence of something. ‘If they start askin’ why I didn’t come, we’re goin’a get down to the ground with it.’.
ride in (v.)

(US Und.) to ensnare a victim into a confidence trick.

[US]D. Maurer Big Con 305: To ride in (a mark). To rope a mark and bring him to the store.
ride someone’s ass (v.)

(US) to scold, to reprimand.

[US]K. Huff A Steady Rain I iii: She was fuckin’ hysterical. And choosing this opportune moment to ride my ass.
rode hard and hung up wet (adj.) (also rode hard and put away wet)

1. exhausted.

[US]Detroit Free Press (MI) 1 Aug. TV Sec. 7/6: ‘He looks like he had been rode hard and put away wet’ is one of [Tennessee] Ernie [Ford]’s standard desciptions of someone [...] looking dishevelled or heat up.
[US]Cincinnati Enquirer 7 June 18/2: A drama about rodeo life [...] which will be known as —‘J.W. — Rode hard and Hung Up Wet’.
Palm Beach Post (FL) 4 Mar. 5C/3: He once said he ‘felt like a horse that had been rode hard and hung up wet’.
[US]P. Hussain Olympics Out of Cobb Spiked! 175: ‘I feel like I’ve been rode hard and hung up wet to dry’.
[US]T. Pluck Boy from County Hell 275: Desmarteaux grinned like he’d just left Shooter’s wife rode hard and put away wet.

2. (US) of a woman, in a man’s opinion past one’s prime, no longer sexually attractive.

[US]S.A. Crosby Blacktop Wasteland 150: Maybe the time to upgrade was now. Jenny was beginning to look rode hard and hung up wet anyway.

SE in slang uses

Pertaining to menstruation

In phrases

ride a cotton horse (v.) (also ride a white horse, ride the white horse) [cotton sanitary towels; cf. ride the red horse ]

to be menstruating.

[US]Baker et al. CUSS 221: White horse, on the Be menstruating.
[US]DARE II 1109/2: Qu. AA27, [...] Expressions [...] for [...] menstruation Inf MI78, Riding a cotton horse; WV20, White horse.
[US]E. Folb Runnin’ Down Some Lines 157: There are a variety of expressions [...] that refer to a women’s menstrual period – to be on the rag, red Mary, to ride the white horse.
ride the cotton pony (v.) (also ride the cotton bicycle)

(US) to menstruate.

K. Elgin Twenty-eight Days 17: Some other [terms for menstruation] known are: ‘riding the cotton bicycle,’ ‘the hammock is swinging’ (from the shape of the sanitary pad), [...] and ‘she’s covering the waterfront’.
Bloodrot 1-7 55: The menstruating women may be "riding the rag" or "have the rag on;" she may bear a "manhole cover;" she may also ride the cotton pony" or "the cotton bicycle." .
Delaney, Lupton & Toth Curse 117: The menstruating woman may [...] ‘ride the cotton pony’ or ‘the cotton bicycle’.
Online Sl. Dict. 🌐 ride the cotton pony 1. to menstruate. (‘She’s riding the cotton pony this week.’).
[US]J. Randall ‘A Visit from Aunt Rose’ in Verbatim XXV:1 Winter 24: There are over one hundred codes for menstruation, from the gentle euphemism (that time of the month) to the vulgar (riding the cotton pony) to the downright peculiar (the woodchuck has arrived).
ride the rag (v.) (also wear the rag) [rag n.1 (7a)]

(US black/campus) to have a menstrual period.

[US]Baker et al. CUSS 181: Rag, ride the [...] Rag, wear the Be menstruating.
[US]E. Folb Runnin’ Down Some Lines 157: My sisters dey smell like ol’ trout when they ridin’ the rag!
Delaney, Lupton & Toth Curse 117: The menstruating woman may be ‘riding the rag’ or ‘have the rag on’.
ride the red horse (v.)

(US) to be menstruating.

[US]J. Randall ‘A Visit from Aunt Rose’ in Verbatim XXV:1 Winter 25: Codes that refer to blood include [...] the Red Sea is in, having the painters in, the reds, wearing red shoes, are you a cowboy or an indian? a red-letter day, and riding the red horse.

Pertaining to walking

ride Bayard of ten toes (v.) (also mount a horse with ten toes, do ten toes) [proper name Bayard, a horse that featured in various medieval romances; the name itself comes from Fr. bayard, bay-coloured; Henke, Gutter Life and Language (1988) notes a one-off use in A Hundred Merry Tales (1526) in which Bayard is synon. with a young woman’s buttocks, the cleft of which is ‘Bayard’s mouth’, a play between the brown horse and the brown anus]

to walk.

[[UK]G. Walker Detection of Vyle and Detestable Use of Dice Play in Judges (1926) 48: He shall be forced to trip on his ten toes homeward, for lack of a hackney to ride on].
N. Breton Good and Badde in Grosart (1879) 14: His travell is the walke of the woful, and his horse Bayard of ten toes.
[UK]Fuller Worthies (1840) II 108: At last he undertook to travel into the East Indies by land, mounted on an horse with ten toes.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK] ‘Modern Dict.’ in Sporting Mag. May XVIII 98/2: To ride bayard of ten toes is to walk on foot.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]Hereford Times 15 June 4/3: To ride bayard of ten toes is to walk on foot.
ride shank’s mare (v.) (also ride shank’s pony, take shank’s mare) [shanks’s pony n.]

to walk.

[US]G.W. Harris ‘The Knob Dance’ Spirit of the Times (N.Y.) XV July in Inge (1967) 52: Dick and Jule had to ride ‘Shanks’ mar.’.
[Ire]C.J. Kickham Knocknagow 311: He’s gone home on shank’s mare.
[UK]Taunton Courier 11 Apr. 3/4: I need only say you can journey back by rail or ride home on Shank’s pony.
[UK]Exeter Flying Post 30 Dec. 7/5: A quarter of an hour’s ride on Shank’s pony lands us at the door.
[US]Reno (NV) Eve. Gazette 28 Apr. 2/2: To walk is to ‘take shank’s mare.’.
[UK]Derby Dly Teleg. 26 Mar. 3/6: The Boers [...] have all got horses to ride upon, not like us having to ride Chanks’s pony only.
[US]L.W. Payne Jr ‘Word-List From East Alabama’ in DN III:v 363: ride Shank’s mare, v. To walk, go on one’s own shanks.
[UK]Bucks Herald 14 Aug. 7/4: This secluded old-world little village [...] to which everybody who can ride shank’s pony pays a visit.
[US]C. Woofter ‘Dialect Words and Phrases from West-Central West Virginia’ in AS II:8 364: I will ride shank’s horse.
[US]J.W. Clark ‘Lumberjack Lingo’ in AS VII:1 53: ‘Ridin’ shanks ponies’ is an old phrase meaning to walk.
ride the shoe leather express (v.) (also go by…, go on...)

(US tramp) to walk.

[US]White Cloud Kansas Chief (KS) 18 June 2/3: Special Correspondence of the Chief: By the Shoe-Leather Express.
Brattleboro Reformer (VT) 7 June 7/3: The party [...] decided to come to this town via the shoe leather express.
[US]Harrisburg Teleg. (PA) 21 June 10/5: The truck broke down, and the young folks were compelled to travel via ‘Shoe Leather Express’.
[US]Alexandria Gaz. (DC) 29 Oct. 1/5: Their destination is San Francisco and every step of the way [...] will be by way of the ‘Shoe Leather Express’.
[US]Maines & Grant Wise-crack Dict. 8/2: Go by shoe leather express – To walk.
[US] ‘Jargon of the Und.’ in DN V 461: Ride the shoe leather express, To walk.
[US]Sun & Eric Co. Indep. (Hamburg, NY) 25 Sept. 9/4: The Shoe leather Express! [...] only walkers are members.
Pittsburg Exp. (PA) 18 Oct. It isn’t reasonable to believe all of them will ride the shoe leather express: .
Plain Speaker (Hazelton, PA) 21 Mar. 13/3: [advert] The Shoe Leather Express that takes boys and girls farther for less!
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).
[US]Billboard 15 Dec. 9/2: Epic is hot with [...] ‘Shoe Leather Express’ by Richard Downing.
M. Zoschenko Nervous People 270: If he doesn’t have any money, let him take the shoe-leather express.
Morn. Call (Allentown, PA) 26 Sept. 32/1: I could have been [...] getting to where I wanted to go on the Shoe Leather Express.
K. Harvey Matter of Betrayal 27: Needless to say, I’ve decided to use shoe leather express from now on.
Cincinnati Exp. (OH) 26 Oct. 1/2: Hopefuls ride the shoe-leather express [...] The way to your vote is the path to your door.
(ref. to 1945) E. Dyreborg Young Ones 137: The Shoe Leather Express was the group of 8,000 guys from our camp that went on the march instead of being transported by boxcar.
S. Buchanan House in the Middle of Nowhere 137: I pulled Harlan along suggesting we abandon our monster home on wheels and take what George calls the ‘Shoe-Leather Express’.

Pertaining to drugs

ride the E-train (v.) [play on the New York subway E-train/E n.]

(US campus/drugs) to be under the influence of MDMA.

[US]Eble Campus Sl. Apr. 8: ride the E Train – to be under the influence of Ecstacy: ‘Diva took two hits of X and is riding the E Train hard’.
[US]Eble Sl. and Sociability 71: Ride the E Train, ‘feel the effects of the drug Ecstasy’.
ride the horse (v.) [horse n. (7)]

(drugs) to take heroin; thus horseriding, on horseback, using heroin.

[US](con. 1948) G. Mandel Flee the Angry Strangers 395: How you gonna take care of the kid if you’re on horseback?
[US]W. Brown Monkey On My Back (1954) 195: He had been riding the horse a long time.
[US]L. Block Diet of Treacle (2008) 114: Start riding the horse and I cut you off clean. I don’t sell to junkies.
[US]P. Crump Burn, Killer, Burn! 92: Okay, dad, you and your horse-riding momma find another place to nod.
[US]E. Torres Carlito’s Way 8: I’m gonna ride the horse, or the horse gonna ride me?
ride the white horse (v.) (also ride the wave) [white horse under white adj.]

(US black) to be intoxicated with drugs.

[US]H. Braddy ‘Narcotic Argot Along the Mexican Border’ in AS XXX:2 88: RIDING THE WHITE HORSE, ger. phr. Drugged dreaming; many boxes of drugs have the figure of a white horse on the outside.
[UK]J. Colebrook Cross of Lassitude 239: He can understand very little, most of it seeming to be about someone who was ‘caught in a snowstorm,’ and ‘riding the wave’.
[UK]P. Baker Blood Posse 368: He’d hit the scag trail [...] He was on the white horse that was riding him to death.
Online Sl. Dict. 🌐 ride the white horse v 1. to use an illegal white powder stimulant (e.g. cocaine, crystal meth, crank, etc.) (‘Man, Jeremy’s losing a lot of weight. You think he’s riding the white horse?’).

General uses

ride a desk (v.) [play on desk jockey under desk n.]

(US) to work as a clerk or any otherwise deskbound occupation.

[US]US Army Aviation Digest 65/3: The flight surgeon knows that a fellow may be able to ride a desk while experiencing a bout of upset stomach and diarrhea.
[US]R.G. Steele With Pen or Sword 145: Still reluctant about accepting an appointment to ‘ride a desk rather than a horse,’ William in November wrote thus to this brother [etc.].
[US]V. Thorpe Instrument 63: This law still applies even though I now ride a desk and don't go out news hunting any more.
[US]Scouting Mar.-Apr. 46: Boys’ Life editors were expected to rove for stories as well as ride a desk.
[US]J. Stahl Plainclothes Naked (2002) 44: He came up riding a desk at the State Department of Motor Vehicles.
[US]G. Magnesen Straw Men 199: I liked Las Vegas and had no desire to ride a desk and become a bureaucrat.
[US]D. Winslow The Force [ebook] Malone had to ride a desk until [the enquiry] was cleared.
ride a jock (v.) [jock n.1 (5)]

(US campus) of a woman, to attempt to get to know a man of her own peer group with the intentions of ultimately having a relationship with that person because of his personality, not his material possessions.

[UK] K. Marquis ‘Canadian/US Sl. Words and Phrases’ on Academy 🌐 ride a jock USA; Pittsburgh, PA; when a female attempts to get to know a male of her own peer group with the intentions of ultimately having a relationship with that person because of his personality, not his material possessions.
ride blind baggage (v.)

see .

ride dirty (v.)

(US) to drive around when carrying narcotics or guns.

UGK ‘Ridin’ Dirty’ 🎵 Ridin dirty, know what I'm sayin / Comin down on the slab, boy / Ridin dirty, for real tho, ridin dirty.
Chamillionaire ‘Ridin’’ 🎵 They see me rollin’ / They hatin’ / Patrolling and tryin' to catch me ridin' dirty.
[UK]T. Thorne (ed.) ‘Drill Slang Glossary’ at Forensic Linguistic Databank 🌐 Riding dirty - going out armed and/or in possession of drugs.
[US]N. Walker Cherry 246: I know what I’m selling. No problems. No riding dirty. No scales or any of that bullshit.
ride herd on (v.) [cowboy imagery]

(US) to control or manage someone or something, to admonish, to beat.

[US]A.H. Lewis Wolfville 61: He s’poses all the time later, she’s inside ridin’ herd on her progeny.
[US]H. Green Actors’ Boarding House (1906) 367: Buck was riding herd on all the Dutch ovens in camp.
[US]C.E. Mulford Hopalong Cassidy Returns 88: Quit ridin herd on him.
[US]O. Strange Law O’ The Lariat 109: Ridin’ herd on a girl ain’t my idea of a man’s job.
[US]Z.N. Hurston Dust Tracks On a Road (1995) 572: My mother rode herd on one woman with a horsewhip about Papa.
[US]E. Brown Trespass 139: Still the pain came to ride herd through her, to stampede her insides all to hell and gone.
[US]G.L. Coon Meanwhile, Back at the Front (1962) 206: I don’t know what it takes to ride herd on one bleeding staff sergeant, but I plan to find out right now.
[Can]R. Caron Go-Boy! 47: They would ride herd on us from a distance of a hundred yards.
[US] in A. Cornebise Amaroc News 123: The editor justified his riding herd on the men so closely.
[US]C. Cook Robbers (2001) 102: We don’t ride close herd on ol’ Harvey, you gonna have his wrecker in your rearview.
ride in state (v.)

(UK Und.) for a condemned villain to sit on his coffin as the cart proceeds from Newgate prison to the Tyburn gallows.

[UK]‘Jerry Abershaw’s Will’ in Fal-Lal Songster in Spedding & Watt (eds) Bawdy Songbooks (2011) III 16: And vhen I ride in state, I vill make the svells to star, / If my pals will come and play a game at fives.
ride one’s thumb (v.)

to hitchhike.

S. Kunitz Twentieth Century Authors 694/2: He has crossed the continent several times by various means — to New York on a bicycle, by jalopy to California [...] by riding his thumb and the brake-rods all over the West.
[US]H.S. Thompson letter 28 Oct. in Proud Highway (1997) 239: Monday I’ll ride my thumb south.
[US]Billboard 20 July 16/5: Rodriguez has also developed into a prolific songwriter, with hits such as ‘Riding My Thumb to Mexico’.
Wordplays 4 21: Tom: You ride your thumb, hunh? Alice: Yeah, sure. I get good rides.
N. Murphy Those Were the Days 106: The only way for me to make the trip was to hitchhike, or ‘ride my thumb’ as the saying was.
ride out (v.) [20C+ uses are cowboy imagery]

1. to be a highwayman.

[UK]London Prodigal in DSUE (1984).

2. (US black/teen) to leave; also as imper.

[UK]Partridge DSUE (8th edn) 974/2: London teenager: late 1950s.
[US]Ebonics Primer at 🌐 ride out Definition: another way of saying ‘get out of town’.

3. (US prison) to move to another prison.

[US]Other Side of the Wall: Prisoner’s Dict. July 🌐 Ride Out: Transfer to a new prison. ‘They’re riding out tomorrow.’.

4. (US black) an excl. of dismissal, disbelief.

[US]Ebonics Primer at 🌐 ride out Definition: another way of saying [...] ‘I cant believe it’. Example: Fuck you nigga, ride out.
ride out for (someone) (v.)

(UK black/gang) to pledge one’s support, irrespctive of the facts.

[UK]T. Thorne (ed.) ‘Drill Slang Glossary’ at Forensic Linguistic Databank 🌐 Ride out for (someone) - to defend, even if guilty.
ride plush (v.) [plush adj.+ the lit. plush-covered seats]

(US tramp) to pay for one’s seat (and thus travel in comfort).

[US]J. Archibald ‘Time Will Tell’ in Phantom Detective Sept. 🌐 When I leave this burg, I ride on plush an’ have my breakfast brought to my drawin’ room.
J.D. Stern Memoirs of a Maverick Publisher 71: I never had the nerve to ride the rods. Hobos I met rubbed it in that I was not one of them. ‘Riding plush’ [...] put me in a lower social category.
[Can](con. 1920s) O.D. Brooks Legs 1: Must be somethin’ to ride the plush and use a tile can stead a hangin’ your ass out a boxcar door.
ride rusty (v.) [SE rusty, refractory (of horses)]

to be ill-tempered or sullen.

[UK]C. Walker Authentick Memoirs of Sally Salisbury 66: She, as the Saying is, rid very Rusty.
[UK]Bridges Burlesque Homer (3rd edn) 74: They’re not to blame for being crusty, / ’Twould make a Highlander ride rusty.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[Scot]W. Scott Pirate II 288: Even Dick Fletcher rides rusty on me now and then.
[UK]Navy at Home II 230: Come, old boy [...] don’t ride rusty, it’s all in good part.
[UK]New Sprees of London 11: [B]e careful never to ride rusty.
[UK]Era (London) 25 Apr. 5/1: Ther General sase thay ride preshos rusty iv anybody tries to get near im.
[UK]Swindon Advertiser 11 Nov. 4/1: Your Carnarvons might ride rusty, or your Cranbornes cut up crusty.
ride shotgun (v.) (also ride shottie) [orig. the shotgun-wielding assistant who sat next to the driver]

1. (orig. US) to sit in the seat next to the driver in a car, also fig. use.

[US]J. Jones From Here to Eternity (1998) 793: This is your orderly room. I only ride shotgun on it.
[US](con. 1950) R. Leckie March to Glory (1962) 108: Even the men who ‘rode shotgun’ in the cabins [...] were men who could not walk.
[NZ]G. Slatter Pagan Game (1969) 85: Riding shotgun on the mail lorry down to the station to catch the express.
[Aus]Tharunka (Sydney) 8 Nov 28/3: [A]nother, younger fucker with a five o’clock shadow on his head, who is a little scared of riding shotgun for God or whoever the fuck he is.
[UK]A. Bleasdale Scully 33: He used t’ride shotgun on the School Meals Wagon, but now he’s the driver.
[US]R. De Christoforo Grease 194: Out cruised Greased Lightnin’ with Kenick at the wheel and Mrs. Murdock riding shotgun.
[US]C. Heath A-Team 2 (1984) 87: If you don’t mind riding shotgun on a motorcycle, I’d be glad to give you a lift.
[Aus]G. Disher Deathdeal [ebook] ‘Now he’s got his nephew riding shotgun’.
[US](con. 1970s) G. Pelecanos King Suckerman (1998) 130: Jerry riding shotgun with Dewey driving.
[UK]Indep. Rev. 10 July 11: She was, she insisted, merely the facilitator. VN was the stagecoach with the bullion; she simply rode shotgun.
[US]C. Cook Robbers (2001) 208: The Walker hound rode shotgun gazing out of the passenger window.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Nov. 6: shottie – front seat, passenger side of a car.
[Aus]L. Redhead Rubdown [ebook] She [...] dived in and sprawled across the back seat [...] I rode shotgun.
[US]F.X. Toole Pound for Pound 54: As usual, he rode shotgun with his grandfather.
[UK]K. Sampson Killing Pool 138: Puffing himself up ready to make the young girl ride shotgun with the body.
[US]S. King Finders Keepers (2016) 27: Freddy drove the Chevy Biscane which was old. Morrie rode shotgun.
[UK]J. Sweeney ‘Bad Days in Bakhmut’ in JohnSweeneyRoars 7 Sept. 🌐 Vlad Demchenko riding shotgun, me in the back.

2. (US, also run shotgun) to act as a security guard, esp. on a vehicle.

A.H. Lewis Faro Nell 105: If thar's money aboard, an' the express outfit wants it defended, they slams on some sport to ride shotgun that trip.
[US] E. Haycox ‘Stage to Lordsburg’ n.p.: The stage and its six horses waited in front of Weilner’s store [...] John Strang rode shotgun guard and an escort of ten cavalrymen waited behind the coach, half asleep in their saddles].
[US]D. Goines Dopefiend (1991) 168: Big Ed and the other doorman riding shotgun.
[US]Knapp Commission Report Dec. 104: [of policemen working with narcotics dealers] They were either suppliers of drugs [or] they themselves were sellers of drugs; or they ran shotgun’.
[UK]A-Team Storybook 60: I’ll ride shotgun for you.
[US]N. McCall Makes Me Wanna Holler (1995) 129: Frog Dickie was riding shotgun.
[UK]J.J. Connolly Layer Cake 99: Nuisance or not it’s good to have him riding shotgun tonight.
[US](con. 1975–6) E. Little Steel Toes 78: I’m headed into Chicago to deliver some hardware to the South Side. Wanna ride shotgun?
[US]G. Pelecanos Night Gardener 98: Rhonda Willis, riding shotgun in the [...] four-banger Impala.
M. Miner ‘The Hurt Business’ in ThugLit July [ebook] At first, I just rode shotgun on Johnn’'s house calls. Looked scary. Applied pain when needed.

3. to act as a chaperone.

[US]T. Wolff Old School 112: Our regular dances were licentious enough, within the limits set by the vigilant, and of course envious, spinsters who rode shotgun at these affairs.
ride someone’s dick (v.)

(US) to toady to.

[US](con. 1991-94) W. Boyle City of Margins 54: The guy rides Big Time Tommy’s dick, but [...] Big Time Tommy thinks he’s nothing but a joke.
ride staff (v.) (also play staff) [Zulu sl. ukubamb’ istuff, to board a moving train, ult. ? f. staff, the pole in the doorway of railway carriage, which is grasped by those jumping aboard when the train is already moving]

(S.Afr.) to cling to the outside, or stand on the roof, of a moving train, having boarded it while in motion.

[SA]Staffrider 1:1 Editorial n.p.: A staffrider is, let’s face it, a skelm of sorts [...] He is part of the present phase of our common history, riding ’staff’ on the fast and dangerous trains [DSAE].
Pace Apr. 72: There are those who will go one up, ‘ride staff’ then go on to climb on top of the moving train and do dangerous balancing acts on top of the coach as the train hurtles at speeds of up to 90km per hour [DSAE].
Weekly Mail (S.Afr.) 13 Oct. 9: They thought I was playing staff, and wanted to arrest me, but later one of them understood [DSAE].
J. Stringer Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Lit. in Eng. 640: Staffrider, a South African cultural magazine (taking its name from the young men who ride ‘staff’ on the crowded commuter trains from Johannesburg’s black townships).

In phrases

come for a ride (v.)

(N.Z. prison) an invitation to a fellow-inmate to be sent a (marijuana) cigarette; it is placed on a sheet of paper and slid under the cell door.

[NZ]D. Looser Boobslang [U. Canterbury D.Phil. thesis] 153/1: come for a ride n. to be the recipient of a cigarette or a marijuana joint sent to one after lockup, specifically by being slid under one’s cell door on a magazine page: ‘Do you want to come for a ride? Just wait by your door.
ride the beef (v.) [beef n.2 ]

(US Und.) to take the blame.

[US](con. 1937) C. Chessman Cell 2455 88: I heard you rode the beef for a lot of other people when your partner squealed.
[US]M. Braly On the Yard (2002) 296: ‘My friend was passing checks. I was helping him.’ ‘And he let you ride the beef?’ ‘I offered.’.
[US]B. Jackson Killing Time 195: They never take any action on the floorwalker or building tender. The inmate who got into it, he rides the beef. He’s automatically wrong.
[US](con. 1975) K. Scott Monster (1994) 10: If anybody get caught for this, ride the beef, ’cause ain’t no snitchin’ here.
ride the black donkey (v.)

to be in a bad temper.

C.J. Dunphie Chameleon 182: We ourselves describe a man in the sulks as riding the black donkey [F&H].
[UK]Brewer Dict. of Phrase and Fable I 372/1: Ride the black donkey To be pigheaded, obstinate like a donkey. Black is added, not so much to designate the colour, as to express what is bad.
ride the blinds (v.) (also ride blind baggage) [blind n.2 (2)]

(US tramp) to ride for free in the closed baggage compartment of a train.

[US]J. London Tramp Diary in Jack London On the Road (1979) 35: I took the overland out about 7:30 riding the blind. [Ibid.] 35: We went out ahead but the brakeman rode the blind out.
[US]J.W. Carr ‘Words from Northwest Arkansas’ in DN III:iii 153: ride (the) blind, v. phr. To steal a ride on a blind baggage car or on a railway train. ‘I’ve spent all my money; I’ll have to ride the blind back.’.
[US]Clara Smith ‘Freight Train Blues’ 🎵 I asked the brakeman / Let me ride the blinds.
[US](con. 1900s–10s) Dos Passos 42nd Parallel in USA (1966) 67: Ever hopped a freight or ridden blind baggage, Mac?
[US]Robert Johnson ‘Walkin’ Blues’ 🎵 Well, leave this mornin’ if I have to, ride the blinds / I feel mistreated, and I don’t mind dyin’ / Leavin this mornin’, if I have to ride the blind.
[US]Z.N. Hurston Dust Tracks On a Road (1995) 692: Who care anything about no train fare? [...] I can ride de blind, can’t I?
[US]Hughes & Bontemps Book of Negro Folklore 380: I’m gonna leave heah dis mawnin’ ef I have to ride de blind.
[US]B. Jackson Get Your Ass in the Water (1974) 203: We scattered through the railroad yards, we left the bulls far behind, / a thousand caught freights for other states, and me, I rode the blinds.
[US]Gaddis & Long Panzram (2002) 257: Jack London rode the blinds for hundreds of miles, defeating train crews’ efforts to dislodge him.
[Can](con. 1920s) O.D. Brooks Legs 210: I thought [...] you’d be fanning your ass up front now and ride the blind until the train gets going too fast for him to catch it.
D.H. Edwards The World Don’t Owe Me Nothing 154: [I] blinded a passenger [train] fsrom Chicago to St. Louis .
ride the broom (v.) [the trad. witch on her broomstick]

1. (US prison) to threaten or intimidate another inmate; to prophesy.

[US]C. Shafer ‘Catheads [...] and Cho-Cho Sticks’ in Abernethy Bounty of Texas (1990) 212: ride the broom, v. – to point out the possibility that the undesirable may happen: to say, ‘You may not make parole,’ is riding the broom; to speak of it may cause it to happen.
[US]Bentley & Corbett Prison Sl. 36: Riding the Broom Conveying threats or intimidation to other women prisoners. A woman is also riding the broom when she prophesies something may or will happen to someone.

2. (US drugs, also ride the broomstick, ...the witch’s broom) to participate in drug taking.

[US]M. Rubin ‘Gold Ring’ in Margulies Back Alley Jungle (1963) 94: Only it wasn’t like we talked them into anything—that wasn’t so! Everybody wanted to ride the broomstick.
[US]J.E. Schmidt Narcotics Lingo and Lore.
[US]Hardy & Cull Drug Lang. and Lore.
ride the cushions (v.) [the upholstered seats] (US tramp)

1. to ride in a passenger car rather than in a boxcar; thus cushion-rider n.

[[US]Anaconda Standard (MT) 20 May 3/2: They had a glorious trip, but enjoyed the homeward ride on the cushions of the car seats much more].
Albuquerque Dly Citizen (NM) 7 Aug. 7/2: Mr Starr also gave them passports which entitled them to ride the cushions inside of varnished cars.
[US]Bismarck Dly Trib. (ND) 27 Jan. 5/6: The bill even demand that the members of the railroad commission [...] will have to dig up the cash if they wish to ‘ride the cushions’.
[US]L. Light Modern Hobo 10: You look as if you’re going to ‘ride the cushions’.
[US]‘Digit’ Confessions of a Twentieth Century Hobo 93: I went down to one of the stations intending to ride the cushions out of town.
[US]W. Edge Main Stem 16: Slim and I rode the ‘cushins’ into Pittsburgh.
[US]‘Boxcar Bertha’ Sister of the Road (1975) 34: ‘How much money you got?’ he demanded. ‘Not a nickel. If I had I’d be riding the cushions.’.
[US]Mezzrow & Wolfe Really the Blues 17: Riding the cushions on my way home made me think of another train ride I once took.
[US]L. Hughes Laughing to Keep from Crying 60: The latter, or cushion riders, were sometimes inclined to turn flat noses high at those who rode the rods.
[US]Gaddis & Long Panzram (2002) 25: [...] people rode the trains. With money they ‘rode the cushions’; without money they rode the freights.
[US]‘Iceberg Slim’ Airtight Willie and Me 146: We’re gonna ride the cushions as soon as I can [...] borrow a hunk of bread.
[Can](con. 1920s) O.D. Brooks Legs 7: Those passenger trains are built for comfort, but you got to ride the cushions to get it.

2. in fig. use, to prosper, to be comfortable.

[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).
ride the Erie (v.) (also ride the earie) [on the erie under erie n. + play on the Erie railroad]

(US) to eavesdrop.

[US]Goldin et al. DAUL 177/2: Ride the earie, or Erie. To eavesdrop.
[US](con. 1940s–60s) H. Huncke ‘Johnnie I’ in Eve. Sun Turned Crimson (1998) 117: You guys should soft peddle a little — you don’t know who is riding the Erie.
ride the goat (v.) [the fantasy that initiate Masons have to ride a live goat]

(US campus) to be initiated into a secret society.

[US]E.H. Babbitt ‘College Words and Phrases’ in DN II:i 54: ride, v. [...] In phrase ‘ride the goat,’ to be initiated into a fraternity.
[US]Wood & Goddard Dict. Amer. Sl.
ride the grub line (v.) [grub-liner under grub n.2 ]

(US) of an out-of-work cowboy, to travel around seeking work while subsisting on hand-outs.

Las Vegas Dly Optic (NM) 29 July 2/2: Cattle thieves [...] riding the grub line [...] sneakingly placing brand(s) upon other people’s calves.
[US]W.M. Raine Brand Blotters (1912) 14: Right about now he’s ridin’ the grub line, unless he’s made a strike somewhere.
[US]Forest City Press (SD) 13 June 8/2: Jas. Hackett [...] was occupying himself chiefly at riding the grub line.
A. Train Jr Story Everyday Things 303: Cowboys hired for the season saddle up and ‘ride the grub line’ from ranch to ranch, looking for another job [DA].
ride the gun (v.) [ride shotgun ]

(US teen) to ride in the front passenger seat of a car.

Probert Encyc. 🌐 Ride the gun is American slang for to ride in the front passenger seat of a car.
ride the handcar (v.) [from the up-and-down movement of a handle with which one drives the vehicle]

(US) to masturbate.

T. Seay ‘International Answers: Spammers’ Message’ on LBO Talk list 14 Jan. 🌐 In High School, I was probably as homophobic as your average straight teenager, but I never associated ‘riding the handcar’ with homosexuality. I never felt guilty about choking my chicken.
ride the horse foaled by an acorn (v.) (also …foaled of an acorn, take an acorn ride) [i.e. the oak tree gallows]

to be hanged.

[UK]J. Ray Proverbs (2nd edn) 253: You’ll ride on a horse that was foal’d of an acorn. That is the gallows.
[UK]Motteux (trans.) Gargantua and Pantagruel (1927) II Bk V 622: May I ride on a horse that was foaled of an acorn, if this be not as honest a cod as ever the ground went upon.
[UK]Smollett Sir Launcelot Greaves I 166: I believe as how ’t is no horse, but a devil incarnate; and yet I’ve been worse mounted, that I have – I’d like to have rid a horse that was foaled of an acorn.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue ms. additions n.p.: Acorn To Ride a Horse foald by an Acorn i.e. the Gallows or Wooden Horse. You will be hanged.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: Acorn. You will ride a horse foaled by an acorn, i.e. the gallows, called also the Wooden and Three-legged Mare. You will be hanged.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]Lytton Pelham III 295: The cove is a bob cull, and [...] as pretty a Tyburn blossom as ever was brought up to ride a horse foaled by an acorn.
[UK]Lytton Paul Clifford I 24: He’ll [i.e. Dick Turpin] ride a oss foaled by a hacorn yet, I varrants!
[UK]Bradford Obs. 3 Sept. n.p.: Our thief was [...] sentenced to be hang’d [...] The hangman [...] strung him up, and turn’d him off, to take his acorn ride* [...] *‘To ride a horse foaled of an acorn’ is a fashionable periphrasis for being hanged.
[UK]Burnley Express 8 Aug. 4/8: To ‘ride a horse foaled of an acorn’ was one delicate way of alluding to the unpleasant performance [i.e. hanging].
ride the lightning (v.) (also ride)

1. (US) to be executed in the electric chair.

[US]Black Mask Aug. III 61: You’ll ride for his murder.
[US]C. Himes ‘His Last Day’ in Coll. Stories (1990) 292: He [...] had returned in less than a year after his release to ride the lightning in the hot-squat.
[US]Charleston (WV) Daily Mail 2 Sept. 6/4: Psychologist James Hargan of Sing Sing prison has collected slang phrases from prisoners [...] ‘ride the lightning’ – electrocution.
[US]Goldin et al. DAUL 177/2: Ride old smoky. (Scattered; South) To die by electrocution in capital punishment.
[US]L. Bruce Essential Lenny Bruce 273: All right Ruby, you’re gonna ride the lightning!
[US]S. King Stand (1990) 240: Then you go on to Death Row at state prison and just enjoy all that good food until it’s time to ride the lightning.
[US]S. Morgan Homeboy 290: The judge sentenced him to ride the lightning.

2. to be given a course of electro-convulsive therapy (ECT).

[UK]D. O’Donnell Locked Ward (2013) 87: Dr Bankstreet decided to try ECT [...] riding the lightning, as we call it.
ride the pilot (v.)

(US tramp) to ride on the cowcatcher of the locomotive.

[US]‘Goat’ Laven Rough Stuff 45: We tried our first experience of ‘riding the pilot’. This means riding on the cowcatcher of the locomotive.
ride the pine (v.) [the pine bench]

(US campus) to sit on the bench during an athletic or sporting event, esp. when one wants desperately to take part.

[US]Eble Campus Sl. Mar.
[US]P. Munro Sl. U.
[US]M. Mesko Confessions of a Caddie 28: I had to ride the pine both times, but I stuck it out until every other caddie either got a loop or left after the first light sprinkle.
ride the plush (v.) (US tramp/Und.)

1. to ride inside a passenger train.

[[US]Appeal (St Paul, MN) 4 Feb. 3/2: The ‘Jim Crow’ car law [...] the first provision [...] is that the Negro [...] will ride on plush and velvet].
[US]Eve. Star (Wash., DC) 5 May 6/7: Harvest over, the tramps [...] are expected to ‘ride on the plush’ — that is, in passenger cars.
[US] ‘Jargon of the Und.’ in DN V 461: Ride the plush, To ride inside a passenger car.
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).

2. in fig. use, to be well provided with material comforts.

[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).
ride the porcelain bus (v.) (also ride the porcelain pony, (to Tijuana)) [i.e. the porcelain lavatory bowl] (orig. US campus)

1. to vomit.

Online Sl. Dict. 🌐 ride the porcelain bus v 1. to vomit. (‘She’s in the bathroom riding the porcelain bus.’).
[Aus]G. Seal Lingo 135: As over-indulgence in alcoholic beverages may induce vomiting, the Lingo is well stocked with terms for this, including [...] ride the porcelain bus.
Syney Morn. Herald 5 Jan. 174/3: ‘Sorry guys, I can’t wait for the bill, I need to ride the porcelain taxi to Tijuana’.

2. to have diarrhoea.

[UK]K. Lette Mad Cows 114: Ben a bit crook in the guts [...] Been riding the porcelain pony all bloody day.
[UK]Roger’s Profanisaurus in Viz 87 Dec. n.p.: ride the porcelain bus euph. An involved visit to the lavatory. For example, one which encompasses pebble dashing (qv).
ride the rap (v.) [rap n.1 (3a)]

(US) to accept the consequences of one’s crimes, such as arrest and imprisonment, and deal with them as well as possible.

D. Jayatilaka ‘State of crisis, crisis of State’ in Weekend Express 22–23 Jul. 🌐 So there’s no choice now but to roll with the punches and ride the rap.
ride the rods (v.) (also ride the beams, ...bumpers, ...rod)

(US tramp) to ride on the steel bars beneath a freight car; fig. to be a tramp; thus rod-rider n.; rod-riding adj.

[US]J. London Tramp Diary in Jack London On the Road (1979) 33: I rode the bumpers the rest of the way. [Ibid.] 35: Two of us jumped the palace cars & decked them while the third went underneath on the rods.
[US]J. London ‘Rods and Gunnels’ in Bookman XV Aug. 541–44: To ‘ride the rods’ requires nerve, and skill, and daring.
[US]Salt Lake Herald Republican (UT) 11 Dec. 6/11: I have been riding the rods over the big Arizona desert.
[US]‘A-No. 1’ From Coast to Coast with Jack London 37: We recognised the rod-rider, though he failed to see us as he held his eyes tightly shut against dust and cinders which whirled about in the draught created by the train.
[US]F. Packard White Moll 176: I guess mostly he beat his way there ridin’ the rods.
[UK]P. Marks Plastic Age 78: They ‘bummed’ their way. Some of them emulated professional tramps and ‘rode the beams,’ but most of them started out walking, trusting that kind-hearted motorists would pick them up.
[US]‘Dean Stiff’ Milk and Honey Route 124: This would be a great boon to riding the bumpers if he could only persuade the railroads to accept it.
[US]‘Boxcar Bertha’ Sister of the Road (1975) 25: He managed this by riding the rods and decking the coaches as far as Butte, Montana.
[US]Howsley Argot: Dict. of Und. Sl. 42: ride the beams – stealing a ride on a train beneath a car.
[US]Mezzrow & Wolfe Really the Blues 256: Hoboes ride the rods, blinds and tops of trains.
[US]L. Hughes Laughing to Keep from Crying 60: The rod-riders got off nowhere near the station.
[US]‘William Lee’ Junkie (1966) 95: This type cop could just as well be an old-time rod-riding thug.
[US]Ragen & Finston World’s Toughest Prison 815: riding the rods – Riding on the braces beneath a car.
[US]‘Red’ Rudensky Gonif 5: He [...] taught me how to board a train while riding the rods.
[US]W. Burroughs Foreword in Black You Can’t Win (2000) 11: Where are the hobo jungles, the hop joints, the old rod-riding yeggs, where is Salt Chunk Mary?
ride the rumble (v.) [rumble n.2 (2)]

(US Und.) to take responsibility for a crime.

[US]T. Runyon In For Life 230: The fact that I was recaptured [...] kept me from riding the rumble for that killing.
ride the wood (v.)

(US) to wait, e.g. outside someone’s office, on a bench.

[US]Burns & Pelecanos ‘That’s Got His Own’ Wire ser. 4 ep. 12 [TV script] They got me out here riding the wood.
ride to Romford (v.) (also ride to Rumford) [proper name Romford, Essex, esteemed for the quality of its leather breeches]

1. to be blunt, properly, you may ride to Romford on this knife.

[UK]Swift Polite Conversation 74: lord sm.: (Carving a Partridge.) Well, one may ride to Rumford upon this Knife, it is so blunt.

2. to get a new pair of breeches or to get a new bottom put in an old pair.

[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: To ride to Rumford to have one’s backside new bottomed: i.e. to have a pair of new leather breeches. Rumford was formerly a famous place for leather breeches.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum [as cit. 1785].
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
ride with (v.) [fig. use of SE, but note car n. (2)] (US prison)

1. to side with (in a fight).

[US]Maledicta V:1+2 (Summer + Winter) 266: A prisoner hooks up with a gang and he rides with or sides with someone during a fight.

2. (US prison) to perform sexual or other favours for someone in exchange for physical protection or commissary items.

Austin American-Statesman (TX) 14 Oct. 9/4: Texas Prison Gangs Slang [...] Ride with: Do favors for another convict — sexual or otherwise — in exchange for protection or commissary items.

In exclamations


(Aus.) a general term of abuse; the implication is that the subject is ‘a goat’.

[Aus]W.H. Downing Digger Dialects 43: ride-on-your-back! — Term of abuse signifying goat.