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bareback

or barebacked

[bair-bak] /ˈbɛərˌbæk/
adverb, adjective
1.
with the back of a horse, burro, etc., bare; without a saddle:
to ride bareback; a bareback rider.
Origin of bareback
1555-1565
1555-65; bare1 + back1
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  • But I confess I did sometimes enjoy a regular good gallop on a bare-backed horse, and riding-habits won't do for that.'

    The Dictator Justin McCarthy
  • Catch a horse by the mane and mount him by the fence and canter off bare-backed?

    The Wide, Wide World Susan Warner
  • She spent almost all her leisure time with the colts, and I believe she used to ride them bare-backed.

  • A bare-backed ride of thirteen miles had made me pretty tired.

    In the Ranks of the C.I.V. Erskine Childers
  • So, if we canna fit them wi' a saydel, we'll tak a ride aff them bare-backed.

  • I at once had a vision of myself as a black man riding round a circus on a bare-backed horse and jumping through hoops.

    Castellinaria Henry Festing Jones
  • He set off at once, but luckily for her she had often ridden a bare-backed horse.

  • Unflattered, unmoved, he sagged to one side of the bare-backed horse with the easy grace of one accustomed to the saddle.

    The Dude Wrangler Caroline Lockhart
  • Looking to my left I saw too good horses—one bare-backed, and one with a rudely made lady's saddle on it.

    Allan's Wife H. Rider Haggard
  • About this time my coolie, Man Sing, who had frequently fallen off his bare-backed pony, arrived.

    In the Forbidden Land Arnold Henry Savage Landor
British Dictionary definitions for bare-backed

bareback

/ˈbɛəˌbæk/
adjective, adverb
1.
(of horse-riding) without a saddle
2.
(slang) (of sex) without a condom
verb (slang)
3.
(intransitive) to practise unprotected sex
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bare-backed

bareback

adj.

1560s, of riding, from bare (adj.) + back (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for bare-backed

bareback

adjective

: a bareback lay

adverb

Without using a condom (1950s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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