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  1. a pleasure ride in an automobile, especially when the vehicle is driven recklessly or used without the owner's permission.
  2. a brief, emotionally exciting interlude.
verb (used without object), joy·rode, joy·rid·den, joy·rid·ing.
  1. to go on a joyride.

Origin of joyride

An Americanism dating back to 1905–10; joy + ride
Related formsjoy·rid·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. a ride taken for pleasure in a car, esp in a stolen car driven recklessly
verb joy-ride -rides, -riding, -rode or -ridden
  1. (intr) to take such a ride
Derived Formsjoyrider, nounjoyriding, noun
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