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[rahyd] /raɪd/
Sally, 1951–2012, U.S. astronaut and astrophysicist: first U.S. woman to reach outer space 1983. Unabridged
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verb rides, riding, rode, ridden
to sit on and control the movements of (a horse or other animal)
(transitive) to sit on and propel (a bicycle or similar vehicle)
(intransitive; often foll by on or in) to be carried along or travel on or in a vehicle: she rides to work on the bus
(transitive) to travel over or traverse: they rode the countryside in search of shelter
(transitive) to take part in by riding: to ride a race
to travel through or be carried across (sea, sky, etc): the small boat rode the waves, the moon was riding high
(transitive) (US & Canadian) to cause to be carried: to ride someone out of town
(intransitive) to be supported as if floating: the candidate rode to victory on his new policies
(intransitive) (of a vessel) to lie at anchor
(transitive) (of a vessel) to be attached to (an anchor)
(esp of a bone) to overlap or lie over (another structure or part)
(South African, informal)
  1. (intransitive) to drive a car
  2. (transitive) to transport (goods, farm produce, etc) by motor vehicle or cart
(transitive) (of a male animal) to copulate with; mount
(transitive) (slang) to have sexual intercourse with (someone)
(transitive; usually passive) to tyrannize over or dominate: ridden by fear
(transitive) (informal) to persecute, esp by constant or petty criticism: don't ride me so hard over my failure
(intransitive) (informal) to continue undisturbed: I wanted to change something, but let it ride
(transitive) to endure successfully; ride out
(transitive) to yield slightly to (a blow or punch) in order to lessen its impact
(intransitive) often foll by on. (of a bet) to remain placed: let your winnings ride on the same number
(intransitive) (jazz) to play well, esp in freely improvising at perfect tempo
ride roughshod over, to domineer over or act with complete disregard for
ride to hounds, to take part in a fox hunt on horseback
ride for a fall, to act in such a way as to invite disaster
(informal) ride again, to return to a former activity or scene of activity
riding high, confident, popular, and successful
a journey or outing on horseback or in a vehicle
a path specially made for riding on horseback
transport in a vehicle, esp when given freely to a pedestrian; lift: can you give me a ride to the station?
a device or structure, such as a roller coaster at a fairground, in which people ride for pleasure or entertainment
(slang) an act of sexual intercourse
(slang) a partner in sexual intercourse
(informal) take for a ride
  1. to cheat, swindle, or deceive
  2. to take (someone) away in a car and murder him
Derived Forms
ridable, rideable, adjective
Word Origin
Old English rīdan; related to Old High German rītan, Old Norse rītha
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Word Origin and History for sally ride



Old English ridan "sit or be carried on" (as on horseback), "move forward; rock; float, sail" (class I strong verb; past tense rad, past participle riden), from Proto-Germanic *ridanan (cf. Old Norse riða, Old Saxon ridan, Old Frisian rida "to ride," Middle Dutch riden, Dutch rijden, Old High Germn ritan, German reiten), from PIE *reidh- "to ride" (cf. Old Irish riadaim "I travel," Old Gaulish reda "chariot").

Meaning "heckle" is from 1912; that of "have sex with (a woman)" is from mid-13c.; that of "dominate cruelly" is from 1580s. To ride out "endure (a storm, etc.) without great damage" is from 1520s. To ride shotgun is 1963, from Old West stagecoach custom in the movies. To ride shank's mare "walk" is from 1846 (see shank (n.)).


1759, "journey on the back of a horse or in a vehicle," from ride (v.); slang meaning "a motor vehicle" is recorded from 1930; sense of "amusement park device" is from 1934. Meaning "act of sexual intercourse" is from 1937. To take (someone) for a ride "tease, mislead, cheat," is first attested 1925, American English, possibly from underworld sense of "take on a car trip with intent to kill" (1927). Phrase go along for the ride in the figurative sense "join in passively" is from 1956. A ride cymbal (1956) is used by jazz drummers for keeping up continuous rhythm, as opposed to a crash cymbal (ride as "rhythm" in jazz slang is recorded from 1936).

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Slang definitions & phrases for sally ride



  1. A sexual encounter: He asked her for a ride and she slapped him (1937+)
  2. An improvised passage; break, riff (1930+ Jazz musicians)
  3. A saddle horse (1787+)
  4. A psychedelic narcotic experience; trip (1960s+ Narcotics)
  5. A car: This you ride, man? (1929+)


  1. To tease; heckle; make fun of; needle, rib: I can remember riding Pete Rose to death from the bench (1912+)
  2. To do the sex act with or to a woman; mount; screw (1250+)
  3. To hit the ball hard; powder: Goslin rode it right out of the park (1929+ Baseball)

Related Terms

full ride, go along for the ride, hitch a ride, joy ride, let something ride, sleighride, take someone for a ride, thumb

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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