1. in sexual contexts [ride v. (1a)].
(a) sexual intercourse.
|Mannerly Margery Mylk and Ale line 11: I am no hackney for your rode.|
|‘Slashing Costermonger’ in Cuckold’s Nest 12: When my son Bill selected forth / Himself a virtuous bride, sirs, / The morn on vhich they vent to church, / Of course she liked a ride, sirs. / I soon accomodated her, / Nor left her in the lurch, sirs.|
|Sam Sly 26 May 2/2: We would advise Mr. Thomas C——g [...] not to be seen running about with his horse and cart so often after the fishermen’s wives, and asking them to have a ride for a ride.|
|‘Wait Till We’re Married’ in Rakish Rhymer (1917) 157: So come, be quick about it, / Both. And we’ll both take a ride.|
|Dead Bird (Sydney) 4 Jan. 1/2: She: Are you going to take me for a row? He: No, I would rather take you for a ride. Then they had a row.|
|‘The Bicycle’ in Bawdy N.Y. State MS. n.p.: And when the ride comes to an end, / They both get off together.|
|Negro and His Songs (1964) 155: ‘Say, look here, Jane! / Don’t you want to take a ride?’ / ‘Well, I doan care if I do.’ / So he hitch up his mule an’ started out. / [...] An’ it’s whoa-er mule, git up and down, / Till I say whoa-er, mule. / ‘Ain’t he a mule, Miss Jane?’ – ‘Um – huh.’.|
|‘Mae West in “The Hip Flipper”’ [comic strip] Lotta can be depended on to give her new big moment a ride he’ll never forget.|
|End as a Man (1952) 198: I’m going to call her in one night and give her a ride.|
|Fowlers End (2001) 186: As for the girls, remember there’s a depression on. In the old days many a good ride I had for a sandwich.|
|Goodbye to The Hill (1966) 95: With Mrs. Kearney I wanted a good ride and so did she.|
|Caldo Largo (1980) 82: Her cunt was smooth and grippy, and she worked it every minute of the ride like a well-oiled fuck machine.|
|Is That It? 37: You could get a ‘wear’, a kiss with open mouth; a ‘feel’; a ‘dry ride’, a crunching of pubic bones, or a ‘ride’.|
|Snapper 73: I suppose a ride’s ou’ of the question.|
|Happy Like Murderers 316: I had a good ride last night off your mother.|
|Port Authority 1: They went up to the boxroom and had a spliff and all of a sudden they got stuck into each other, having a sneaky ride.|
|Locked Ward (2013) 309: ‘He said he needed a ride,’ said a girl.|
(b) (orig. Irish) a woman when regarded as a (potential) partner in intercourse.
|(con. 1880–90s) I Knock at the Door 55: We met two lovely big-diddied rides, and they were all for us going home with them.|
|Snapper 64: Isn’t she lovely? – Oh si. Si. A little ride.|
|Glue 33: She’s wi ehr mate, another ride whae ah’ve seen aboot.|
|Mad mag. Jan. 18: Look at the headlights on that ride. What is that? A Pontiac? I was talking about your mother.|
|Wire ser. 5 ep. 2 [TV script] ‘How was that brunette?’ ‘Must have been a decent ride, ’cos he never went home’.‘Unconfirmed Reports’|
|(con. 1980s) Skagboys 24: Heh-low . . . ride alert, ride alert . . . the daughter has turned oot a right wee fuckin belter!|
|‘Laughin’ to the Bank’ [lyrics] I laugh like haw haw haw, his bitch like my ride, ride, ride.|
(c) an act of sodomy.
|Journal of Murder in Gaddis & Long (2002) 45: I figured [...] I would commit a little sodomy on him [...] Then I invited the Indian to take a ride.|
(d) (Scot.) a term of abuse, syn. with fucker n.
|(con. mid-1960s) Glasgow Gang Observed 106: Ah’ll wrap a blade roun’ yir fuckin’ throats, ya rides ye.|
(e) (US prison) the warden.
|Southern Illinoisan (Carbondale, IL) 7 Apr. 4/1: Prison Slang [...] The Ride: The warden.|
(f) (Irish) an attractive man, thus a general term of approval/admiration.
|Snapper 41: He’s a ride, isn’t he?|
|Acid House 88: Total fuckin ride. Ah bet eh’s hung like a hoarse.‘Where the Debris Meets the Sea’ in|
|Woman Who Walked Into Doors 20: We called every fella that wasn’t ugly a ride.|
|Twitter 25 May [Internet] Stena-Line: you’re a massive ride for holding that boat for the vote. Boaty McVoteface.|
2. anything that one rides.
(a) (US) an automobile.
|Sat. Eve. Post 13 Apr. list extracted in AS VI:2 (1930) 134: ride, n. Automobile.‘Chatter of Guns’ in|
|‘Sl. of Watts’ in Current Sl. III:2.|
|Street Players 20: Them bitches was lookin’ at the ride.|
|‘Drama’ [lyrics] Had the ride packed up till we heard ‘Freeze!’.|
|(con. 1946) Big Blowdown (1999) 54: A horn sounded outside the plate-glass window [...] ‘That’s my ride, Nick.’.|
|(con. 1990s) in One of the Guys 61: ‘They got cars, rides, you don’t have no car’.|
|I, Fatty 140: The Renault (a Frog ride I got as a gift).|
|Killer Tune (2008) 33: I’ll run you home in your ride.|
|What It Was 203: Jones and Watkins had to have left their ride deeper south into Crestwood.(con. 1972)|
|‘Hashtag’ [lyrics] Come in tryna take that whole road / And tryna jump out the ride with weapons.|
(b) (US campus) a bicycle or motorcycle.
|Campus Sl. Spring 7: ride – a car, bike, motorcycle.|
(c) (US black) a skateboard.
|Six Out Seven (1994) 149: Yeah, man. He gonna fuckin beat your ass to death with your own ride.|
3. (US prison) a jail sentence.
|DAUL 177/1: Ride, n. [...] 2. Conviction and imprisonment on trumped-up charges, or without regard to due process of law, of anyone guilty or innocent.et al.|
|Joint (1972) 223: Kaplan departed up the river to Ossining February 10 on a 2 ½ to five ride.letter 2 March in|
4. (US prison) a companion, esp. a fellow gang-member [a member of the same group or car n. (1)].
|Maledicta V:1+2 (Summer + Winter) 265: His ride is a companion, especially a fellow gang member.|
5. (US drugs) a state of intoxication; thus as v., to become intoxicated by a drug [play on trip n.4 (1a)].
|Vulture (1996) 52: I never touched the skag that the junkies were ridin’ on. [Ibid.] 76: We had put glue down as a bad ride.|
|(con. WWII) Hollywoodland (1981) 107: ‘Thirty bucks for the Horse, then?’ ‘Thirty bucks for the ride.’.|
6. see take for a ride
(US campus) a full scholarship to college, thus adj. all expenses paid.
|Akron Beacon-Jrnl (OH) 22 Nov. 68/2: [The] administration has already pledged to athletes receiving scholarships that the ‘full ride’ [...] will be provided.|
|Great Falls Trib. (MT) 8 Jan. 17/3: A ‘full ride’ is a scholarship which pays all fees, plus room and board and other incidentals.|
|Dly Times-News (Burlington, NC) 1 Jan. 2-B/1: ‘Here at Harvard he’s not getting a full ride’.|
|Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ) 2 Jan. Sports 7/1: She is currently considering a two-year full-ride athletic scholarship.|
|White Boy Shuffle 162: With grades and test scores like these [...] you’re a shoo-in, full ride and all.|
|The Force [ebook] She was [...] begging for her life, pleading for the chance to go to that college where she had a full ride.|
to have sexual intercourse.
|DSUE (1984) 317/1: from ca. 1860.|
see under dry adj.1
to be taken by car to one’s execution.
|Long Wait (1954) 81: You pile us up and you’ll be the one getting a ride, not him.|
(US) to suffer vilification.
|10 July [synd. col.] Once a ball player gets into the big sugar he gets unpopular in the popular press. Ruth used to take rides when he bickered for a heavier wage.|
1. (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.
|Phila. Eve. Bulletin 5 Oct. 40/1: ‘We shoot tonight – or somebody gets taken for a ride!’ [Ibid.] 40/4: Here are a few more terms and definitions from the ‘Racket’ vocabulary: [...] ‘ride,’ to punish [...] a death trip by motor car.|
|Third Degree (1931) 31: Often, too, his reward for his achievement is to be taken for a ride.|
|‘Snowbound’ in Gangster Stories Oct. n.p.: ‘God, Queen [...] I thought they’d taken you for a ride’.|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 35: When Dave the Dude takes a guy out for an airing the guy very often does not come back.‘Romance in the Roaring Forties’ in|
|Amboy Dukes 45: You’ll take me for a ride?|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn) 101: go for a ride To be taken for a death ride.|
|Sun. Herald (Sydney) 8 June 9/4: Other American expressions [...] recorded among our criminals include: [...] ‘stool pigeon,’ ‘scram,’ and ‘take for a ride’.in|
|(con. 1920s) Hoods (1953) 85: We [...] permanently ‘ostracized’ him from society [...] we took him for a trip into the wilds of the ‘Borscht Country.’.|
|Young Wolves 151: I’m taking you for a ride. All the way!|
|Mad mag. Sept. 29: Some day I’m sure that he / Will take me for a ride.|
|World’s Toughest Prison 821: take for a ride – To take an unwanted or untrustworthy gang member or an enemy for an automobile ride, the purpose being to kill the victim away from the city or in an infrequented street, and left there.|
2. (orig. US, also give a ride, take for a trot) to deceive, to fool, to trick, usu. for financial gain.
|Sel. Letters (1988) 317: Nobody ever ‘took me for a ride’ before in anything but trifling matters.in Bogard & Bryer|
|Gangster Girl 9: [They] had taken her for a ride—but she had made a miraculous getaway.|
|Never Come Morning (1988) 141: He’ll [...] sell you an oil well ’r take a merry widow for a ride on her insurance money.|
|From Here to Eternity (1998) 267: If he could ever prove to himself I’m tryin to take him for a ride I’d never get another dime out of him.|
|Barry McKenzie [comic strip] in Complete Barry McKenzie (1988) 14: Has Barry been taken for a ride? See next issue.|
|Queens’ Vernacular 96: give somebody a ride (dated) to lie; stretch the truth. Syn: take somebody on a ride.|
|Inside the Und. 45: He had been taken for a ride in his youth by the ‘acky’ trick.|
|Smiley’s People 175: Otto Leipzig’s taking us for a ride [...] Kirov’s a plant.|
|Union Street 205: You took him for a trot, didn’t you?|
|Pugilist at Rest 147: That bitch is insane, Window, and she’s taking you for a ride. She’s hustling you, man!|
|Tattoo of a Naked Lady 6: Cuz once I’ve hooked a live one into thinking he can take me for a ride, that’s when I nail him with the ‘build-up.’.|
3. (US Und., also ride, take for a walk) to arrest.
|Racket Act I: Listen! You get off base with Joe Scarsi and you’ll get tagged out, like the last one who tried to take one of Nick’s friends for a ride.|
|Rough Stuff 24: I thought sure as hell that we were going to be taken for a ride.|
|Down Donkey Row 24: If those dicks had taken you for a walk it’d have meant twenty quid out of your pocket.|
|Duke 13: You ain’t going to be president of nothing either if the cops bag you [...] They going to ride you.|