ride1 W2S2 [raıd] v past tense rode [rəud US roud] past participle ridden [ˈrıdn]
4¦(in a lift)¦
6 be riding high
7 let something ride
8 ride roughshod over something
9¦(annoy somebody)¦
10 ride on somebody's shoulders/back
11 ride a punch/blow
12 be riding for a fall
Phrasal verbs
 ride on something
 ride something<=>out
 ride up
[: Old English; Origin: ridan]
1.) ¦(ANIMAL)¦ [I and T]
to sit on an animal, especially a horse, and make it move along
She learned to ride when she was seven.
He was riding a large grey mare.
ride on
She arrived riding on a white horse.
ride away/across/through etc
He rode away across the marshes.
2.) ¦(BICYCLE/MOTORBIKE)¦ [I,T always + adverb/preposition]
to travel on a bicycle or ↑motorbike
He had never learned to ride a bicycle.
They mounted their bikes and rode off.
3.) ¦(VEHICLE)¦ [I always + adverb/preposition, T]
especially AmE to travel in a bus, car, or other vehicle that you are not driving
We got onto the bus and rode into San Francisco.
ride in
The kids were riding in the back.
ride a bus AmE
Ann rides the bus to work.
4.) ¦(IN A LIFT)¦ [I always + adverb/preposition, T]
AmE to travel up or down in a ↑lift
ride up/down
He rode the elevator down to the first floor.
I rode up to the tenth floor.
5.) ¦(WATER/AIR)¦
a) [I always + adverb/preposition]
to be floating in water or in the air
The smaller boat was lighter and rode higher in the water.
The moon was riding high in the sky.
There was a large ship riding at anchor in the bay.
b) ride a wave
to float on a wave and move forward with it
surfboarders riding the waves
6.) be riding high
to feel very happy and confident
They were still riding high after their election victory.
7.) let sth ride
spoken to take no action about something that is wrong or unpleasant
What he had said was wrong, and I knew I shouldn't just let it ride.
8.) ride roughshod over sth
to ignore someone else's feelings or ideas because you have the power or authority to do this
The planning authorities should not ride roughshod over the wishes of local people.
AmE spoken to annoy someone by often criticizing them or asking them to do things
Why are you riding her so hard?
10.) ride on sb's shoulders/back
if a child rides on someone's shoulders or back, they are carried in that way
11.) ride a punch/blow
to move back slightly when someone hits you, so that you are not hit with so much force
He managed to ride the punch.
12.) be riding for a fall informal
to be doing something unwise which could result in failure
I had a feeling he was riding for a fall, and tried to tell him so.
ride on [ride on sth] phr v
if one thing is riding on another, it depends on it
He knew he had to win - his reputation was riding on it.
There's a lot riding on this match.
ride out [ride sth<=>out] phr v
1.) if a ship rides out a storm, it manages to keep floating until the storm has ended
2.) if you ride out a difficult situation, you are not badly harmed by it
Most large companies should be able to ride out the recession.
ride up phr v
if a piece of clothing rides up, it moves upwards so that it is no longer covering your body properly
HINT sense 3
To talk about someone controlling a car or other vehicle, use drive not ride: Lizzy drove the van and we kids rode in the back.
ride 2
ride2 S3 n
1¦(car/train etc)¦
3 a rough/easy ride
4 a bumpy ride
5 take somebody for a ride
6 come/go along for the ride
a journey in a vehicle, when you are not driving
→↑lift ride in
He invited me to go for a ride in his new car.
Can you give me a ride back to town?
Sammy had promised to take me for a ride in his truck.
I managed to get a ride down to the station.
We hitched a ride (=got a free ride from a passing vehicle) into town.
car/bus/train etc ride
A fifteen minute taxi ride will take you to the airport.
a smooth/comfortable/bumpy etc ride
The new model offers a lovely smooth, comfortable ride.
a journey on a bicycle, a horse, or a similar animal
ride on
Can I have a ride on your bike?
a bike/bicycle ride
Shall we go for a bike ride this afternoon?
3.) a rough/easy ride informal
if people give someone, especially someone in authority, a rough or an easy ride, they make a situation difficult or easy for them
Journalists gave the Prime Minister a rough ride at the press conference.
The chairman will face a rough ride from shareholders.
The President will not have an easy ride when he gives his account of events.
4.) a bumpy ride informal
if something has a bumpy ride, it experiences a lot of problems
Shares had a bumpy ride yesterday, falling by an average of 15%.
The new bill could be in for a bumpy ride when it is put before parliament.
5.) take sb for a ride
spoken to trick someone, especially in order to get money from them
I'd just begun to realise he was taking me for a ride.
6.) come/go along for the ride
spoken to join what other people are doing just for pleasure, not because you are seriously interested in it
A couple of friends had come along for the ride.
7.) ¦(MACHINE)¦
a large machine that people ride on for fun at a ↑fair
We went on loads of rides .
8.) ¦(PATH)¦
literary a path for riding on a horse in the countryside
a grassy ride

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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