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Hi! Everyone: Emotion: smile

Could you please explain to me what this slang" takes me for a buggy ride." mean? Is this slang still used often ? Are there other slangs that can be used to substitute this one?:^)

Thanks

your truly

eelt
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I didn't realize it was slang. To me it means to take someone for a ride in a buggy, a buggy being a small horse-drawn vehicle. Except for tourists in Central Park (New York), there are few opportunities to take buggy rides anymore these days.

It may be a variation of the slang "to take someone for a ride", meaning to deceive someone in an elaborate way, in a way that extends over some period of time; to continue to make someone believe a story which is untrue, often, but not necessarily, with the purpose of cheating them out of money.

CJ
Hi!CalifJim :

Thanks for your explanation. Could you please give me an example of how to use this phrase-take someone for a ride. thanks.

Have a nice weekend!!:)
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Sometimes the stories are more elaborate, but here are some shorter examples.

Be careful about XYZ Restaurant when traveling in PQR. They'll offer you a plate with a slice of ham and a piece of toast and then charge you $60. They take tourists for a ride.

Millionaires sometimes end up paying nothing in taxes because they have lawyers who know the tax laws better than the government does. They're just taking the taxman for a ride.

I bought a ticket to fly to Chicago. When I had to cancel it, the airline charged me twice the price of ticket as a cancellation charge. I felt like I'd been taken for a ride.

CJ
Hi!Califijim:

I appreicate very much about the examples you gave me ; that help me a lot in how to use that phrase. Thanks a lot and have a nice weekend!!Emotion: smile

your truly

eelt
Can I ask if this was a query generated by song lyrics?
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AnonymousCan I ask if this was a query generated by song lyrics?
You can, but I don't think an answer will be forthcoming. The query was asked almost five years ago. The original poster (Eelt) might not still be around to see your question.

I don't know the answer myself. Do you have any reason to believe it has something to do with a song?

CJ
After "Butterfield 8" was recently shown on TCM, Mr. Osborn commented that Elizabeth Taylor would not make the film unless Eddie Fisher was allowed to be in the movie with her. He also stated that just a year or two later, Liz met Richard Burton and "that was that" for Eddie. I reflected that during the movie Eddie looked like he knew he was being "taken for a buggy ride". In the Southern vernacular , as best I can explain, "taken for a buggy ride" means someone is trying to "pull the wool over your eyes" or mislead you about something, but you kind of know it's not for real or a kind of scam. Also remember something from childhood of adults talking about "in the old days", young ladies literally being taken for "out of the way" buggy rides they didn't necessarily want to go on.

As far as the song is concerned, Bessie Smith had a song "Take Me for A Buggy Ride"; the lyrics don't necessarily fit the connotation I remember for the phrase.

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