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with the back of a horse, burro, etc., bare; without a saddle:
to ride bareback; a bareback rider.
Historical Examples

But I confess I did sometimes enjoy a regular good gallop on a bare-backed horse, and riding-habits won’t do for that.’
The Dictator Justin McCarthy

Catch a horse by the mane and mount him by the fence and canter off bare-backed?
The Wide, Wide World Susan Warner

She spent almost all her leisure time with the colts, and I believe she used to ride them bare-backed.
Red Rose and Tiger Lily L. T. Meade

A bare-backed ride of thirteen miles had made me pretty tired.
In the Ranks of the C.I.V. Erskine Childers

So, if we canna fit them wi’ a saydel, we’ll tak a ride aff them bare-backed.
The Cruise of the Midge (Vol. II of 2) Michael Scott

I at once had a vision of myself as a black man riding round a circus on a bare-backed horse and jumping through hoops.
Castellinaria Henry Festing Jones

He set off at once, but luckily for her she had often ridden a bare-backed horse.
The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 99, January, 1866 Various

Unflattered, unmoved, he sagged to one side of the bare-backed horse with the easy grace of one accustomed to the saddle.
The Dude Wrangler Caroline Lockhart

Looking to my left I saw too good horses—one bare-backed, and one with a rudely made lady’s saddle on it.
Allan’s Wife H. Rider Haggard

About this time my coolie, Man Sing, who had frequently fallen off his bare-backed pony, arrived.
In the Forbidden Land Arnold Henry Savage Landor

adjective, adverb
(of horse-riding) without a saddle
(slang) (of sex) without a condom
verb (slang)
(intransitive) to practise unprotected sex

1560s, of riding, from bare (adj.) + back (n.).


: a bareback lay


Without using a condom (1950s+)


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