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A type of whip formerly used by drivers of horse-drawn carriages. The phrase is often used to emphasize that something is outdated (much like the buggy whip itself). I'm sorry, Grandma, but shag carpeting has definitely gone the way of the buggy whip.
drive (someone) buggy
1. To upset, irritate, or annoy someone to the point of distraction. It drives me buggy seeing all these people just staring at their phones all day long. Would you stop shouting, you're driving me buggy!
2. To cause someone to become unhinged, insane, or mentally unstable. All that pressure finally drove Steve buggy in the end. You kids are going to drive me buggy one of these days with all of your arguing.
go the way of the dodo
To become outdated or obsolete. (The "dodo" is an extinct bird.) The prevalence of cell phones today has caused landlines to go the way of the dodo.
go the way of the horse and buggy
To become outdated or obsolete (like traveling by horse and carriage). The prevalence of cell phones today has caused landlines to go the way of the horse and buggy in most homes. Handwritten letters have gone the way of the horse and buggy, which I think is a terrible shame.
horse and buggy
A horse-drawn carriage. The phrase is often used to emphasize that something is outdated (much like the horse and buggy itself). I'm sorry, Grandma, but shag carpeting has definitely gone the way of the horse and buggy.
A game in which participants try to be the first to punch the others and say, "Punch buggy!" upon seeing a Volkswagen Beetle (known colloquially as a "Bug"). A: "Punch buggy!" B: "Ouch! I don't see one anywhere!"
1. dated slang One's car when used as a place for sexual activity. Primarily heard in US. The spot is a favorite location of young lovers looking to park their struggle buggies for a late-night romp. I knew he was just trying to tempt me into the backseat of his struggle buggy, but he was so handsome that I couldn't say no!
2. old-fashioned slang A car that is especially old and in poor condition—that is, one that struggles to run properly. Sometimes hyphenated. Primarily heard in US. I can't believe you drove down the entire West Coast in that old struggle buggy—it's a miracle you even made it! I'm finally trading in my struggle-buggy for a newer model.
thanks for the buggy ride
old-fashioned Thank you for the good times. Used when ending a romantic relationship. "Buggy ride" is possibly a euphemism for sexual relations. A: "I just think it's best that we start seeing other people." B: "Well, thanks for the buggy ride, I guess."
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go the way of the dodoand go the way of the horse and buggy
Fig. to become extinct; to become obsolete. The floppy disc has gone the way of the horse and buggy.
horse and buggyand horse and carriage; buggy whip
Fig. a carriage pulled by a horse, as opposed to a modern automobile; the horse was urged on with a whip. (A symbol of old-fashionedness or out-of-dateness. Particularly with go out with, as in the examples.) That kind of clothing went out with the horse and buggy. I thought suspenders went out with the horse and carriage, but I see them everywhere now.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
thanks for the buggy rideused as a way of thanking someone for their help. North American dated
A buggy was a light horse-drawn vehicle for one or two people.
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017
n. an automobile. Other than a dent in the front bumper, this buggy is in A-1 condition.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
The backseat of a car. This early- and mid-20th-century expression described an auto whose young owner tried to seduce unwilling young women into its backseat for a little (one of the euphemisms for the activity was “backseat boogie”). As the sophomoric joke went, “I call my car the Mayflower because so many Puritans came across in it.”
Endangered Phrases by Steven D. Price Copyright © 2011 by Steven D. Price