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Take someone for a ride

  • Take someone for a ride is an idiom that dates to the early twentieth century. An idiom is a commonly used word, group of words, or phrase that has a figurative meaning that is not easily deduced from its literal definition. Often using descriptive imagery or metaphors, common idioms are words and phrases used in the English language in order to convey a concise idea, and are often spoken or are considered informal or conversational. English idioms can illustrate emotion more quickly than a phrase that has a literal meaning, even when the etymology or origin of the idiomatic expression is lost. An idiom is a metaphorical figure of speech, and it is understood that it is not a use of literal language. Figures of speech like an often-used metaphor have definitions and connotations that go beyond the literal meaning of the words. Mastery of the turn of phrase of an idiom, which may use slang words or other parts of speech common in American slang or British slang, is essential for the English learner. Many English as a Second Language students do not understand idiomatic expressions and idiomatic language such as hit the sack, spill the beans, let the cat out of the bag, silver lining, back to the drawing board, barking up the wrong tree, kick the bucket, hit the nail on the head, face the music, under the weather, piece of cake, when pigs fly, and raining cats and dogs, because they attempt to translate them word for word, which yields only the literal meaning. English phrases that are idioms should not be taken literally. In addition to learning vocabulary and grammar, one must understand the phrasing of the figurative language of idiomatic phrases in order to know English like a native speaker; it is helpful to maintain a list of phrases, common expressions, colloquial terms, and popular expressions to memorize that are used figuratively or idiomatically. We will examine the meaning of the common saying take someone for a ride, where it came from, and some examples of its idiomatic usage in sentences.



     

    To take someone for a ride means to deceive, cheat, lie to, or murder someone. The phrase take someone for a ride originated in two different regions to mean two different things. Take someone for a ride meaning to deceive, cheat, or lie to originated in Canada in the 1920s. Take someone for a ride meaning to murder a person originated in the United States in the 1930s as gang slang. Related phrases are takes for a ride, took for a ride, taken for a ride, taking for a ride.

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    Examples

    But is there any point at which BBC Scotland will face up to the fact they have been taken for a very protracted ride, surrendering along the way an editorial duty of care to viewers and listeners? (The Scotsman)

    Gullible fisher folks desperate to eke out a living are being taken for a ride by unscrupulous elements by selling them bogus promise to secure registrations from the Fisheries Department either for setting up Chinese nets and stake nets or for the ones already operational. (The Hindu)

    But the wheels of justice finally turned last week for Tamboer and three others who were all taken on similar lengthy rides of unfilled promises over deals they struck with Christopher Frolich, 63. (The Independent)


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