Green’s Dictionary of Slang

ride n.

1. in sexual contexts [ride v. (1a)].

(a) [late 15C; mid-19C+] sexual intercourse.

(b) [late 19C+] (orig. Irish) a woman when regarded as a (potential) partner in intercourse.

(c) [1920s] an act of sodomy.

(d) [1960s+] (Scot.) a term of abuse, syn. with fucker n.

(e) [1980s] (US prison) the warden.

(f) [1990s+] (Irish) an attractive man, thus a general term of approval/admiration.

2. anything that one rides.

(a) [1920s+] (US) an automobile.

(b) [1980s+] (US campus) a bicycle or motorcycle.

(c) [1990s+] (US black) a skateboard.

3. [1940s–60s] (US prison) a jail sentence.

4. [1960s+] (US prison) a companion, esp. a fellow gang-member [a member of the same group or car n. (1)].

5. [1980s] (US drugs) a state of intoxication; thus as v., to become intoxicated by a drug [play on trip n.4 (1a)].

6. see take for a ride

In compounds

full ride (n.)

(US campus) a full scholarship to college, thus adj. all expenses paid.

In phrases

do a ride (v.)

[mid-19C+] to have sexual intercourse.

get a ride (v.)

[1950s] to be taken by car to one’s execution.

take a ride (v.)

[1940s] (US) to suffer vilification.

take for a ride (v.)

1. [1920s+] (US Und., also take for an airing, take for a trip) to assassinate, usu. by taking the victim out in a car and killing them at some stage, then dumping the body far from one’s base; thus go for a ride, to suffer this form of death.

2. [1920s+] (orig. US, also give a ride, take for a trot) to deceive, to fool, to trick, usu. for financial gain.

3. [1930s–40s] (US Und., also ride, take for a walk) to arrest.