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take (one) for a ride

slang
1. To con, swindle, or deceive one. That get-rich-quick guru took tens of thousands of people for a ride, lining his own pockets with their investments. I can't believe I let that guy take me for a ride like that.
2. To take one away in a car to be murdered. A: "What should we do about the witness, boss?" B: "Take him for a ride."
See also: for, ride, take
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

take someone for a ride

 
1. Lit. to carry someone about, usually for recreation, in a car, plane, boat, etc. Would you take us for a ride in your boat? Please take me for a ride in your new car.
2. Fig. to deceive someone. You really took those people for a ride. They really believed you. I was taken fora ride on this matter.
3. Fig. to take away and murder a person. (Underworld.) Mr. Big told Mike to take Fred for a ride. The gang leader had said he thought Mike had better take Walter for a ride.
See also: for, ride, take
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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: for, ride, someone, take
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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: for, ride, someone, take
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

take someone for a ride

deceive or cheat someone. informal
See also: for, ride, someone, take
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

take somebody for a ˈride

(informal) cheat or deceive somebody: If you’ve paid $8 000 for that car you’ve been taken for a ride!
See also: for, ride, somebody, take
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

take for a ride

Slang
1. To deceive or swindle: an author who tried to take his publisher for a ride.
2. To transport to a place and kill.
See also: for, ride, take
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

take (someone) for a ride, to

To play a joke on someone; also, to murder someone. As a euphemism for murder, this term was American underworld slang that became popular with mystery novelists of the 1930s and 1940s. Thus, Eric Ambler wrote (Journey into Fear, 1940), “He was to be ‘taken for a ride.’” In the meaning of playing a trick or deceiving someone, the term is slightly older, being so defined in Dialect Notes in 1925. J. P. McEvoy used this version in Hollywood Girl (1929): “She certainly took him for a ride.”
See also: for, take, to
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