Etymology
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piggyback (adj.)

also piggy-back, "on the shoulders or back like a pack or bundle," 1823, probably a folk etymology alteration of colloquial pickapack, pick pack (1560s) "on the back or shoulders like a pack," which perhaps is from pick, a dialectal variant of pitch (v.1). As a verb, "to ride piggyback," by 1952.

updated on June 08, 2020

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