One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A ride for enjoyment in a vehicle or aircraft.
- ‘The local couple, who have lived in the town for over 31 years, were subjected to a horrendous level of violence in pursuit of a few quid and the chance of a joyride.’
- ‘The FBI in Atlanta is telling us this was more a joyride than anything else, and that there is no indication that terrorism had anything to do with the stealing of this jet.’
- ‘A police spokesman said the incident appeared to have been a joyride.’
- ‘It is, alas, an all-too-familiar scene on the streets of Rochdale as car crime soars and thieves think nothing of ending a night's joyride by destroying the vehicle.’
- ‘They forget to say ten of those deaths have been due to joyrides.’
- ‘There's a tracking device in every ship, in case someone decides to go for a joyride or something like this.’
- ‘We weren't necessarily good kids, so we used to scheme about the usual: joyrides, smoking cigarettes, raiding the liquor cabinets and more.’
- ‘They believe their pride and joy may have been used on a joyride.’
- ‘She said she feared for her life when a man who was testing her car, with her as passenger, embarked on a crazed high-speed joyride and refused to stop.’
- ‘Eventually we catch him with our bike as he goes for a joyride right back to where he stole it from.’
- ‘Mr Hinchliffe recorded a verdict of death by misadventure and said a joyride had ended in the ‘most appalling tragedy’.’
- ‘His joyride ended in a horrific crash which put him in a coma and left him disabled, destroying his life.’
- 1.1informal A fast and dangerous ride in a stolen vehicle.‘they went for a joyride’
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