take someone for a ride

take someone for a ride

1. Cheat or deliberately mislead someone, as in Car salesmen will take you for a ride in more ways than one! [Colloquial; c. 1920]
2. Murder someone, as in The gang threatened to take him for a ride. [Slang; 1920] Both usages allude to taking a person for an automobile ride.
See also: ride, take

take someone for a ride

INFORMAL
COMMON If someone takes you for a ride, they deceive or cheat you. You've been taken for a ride. Why did you give him five thousand francs? Why do I have this sneaking suspicion that he is taking us all for a ride? Note: This expression comes from American gangsters' slang. When gangsters `took someone for a ride', they took them away in a car in order to kidnap them or kill them.
See also: ride, take