Piggyback (transportation)  

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In transportation, piggyback refers to transportation of goods where one transportation unit is carried on the back of something else - it is a specialised form of intermodal transportation and of combined transport. The term originated from the human practice known as piggybacking or piggyback riding where one person rides around on another's back.


Piggyback is a corruption of pickaback, which is likely a folk etymology alteration of pick pack (1560s), which perhaps is from pick, a dialectal variant of pitch (v).

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