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Piggybacking literally refers to carrying someone on one's back or shoulders. It may also refer to:

  • Piggyback (transportation), something that is riding on the back of something else
  • Piggybacking (security), when an authorized person allows (intentionally or unintentionally) others to pass through a secure door
  • Splash cymbal piggybacking, mounting a cymbal on top of an already stand-mounted cymbal
  • Piggybacking, a practice in which a person with bad credit uses the seasoned trade line of credit of someone else
  • Piggyback plant, Tolmiea menziesii
  • Piggybacking, the practice of taking two different drugs that are compatible and provide the same function, (for example ibuprofen & paracetamol) at staggered intervals to ensure that their effect (in this case, pain relief) is constant.
  • Piggy-back (law), shareholder selling rights
  • A technique used in astrophotography




  • Piggyback circuit breaker, a double-switch that fits in a single slot in a breaker panel. This is only if they are side-by-side in the same unit—it does not count single half-height units that share a slot. Both are used when a panel has run out of slots.
  • Piggybacking (intravenous therapy), a second infusion set onto the same line
  • Piggyback marketing, used to reduce risk, and more established companies can leverage the brand and market reach of a partner to help them very quickly pick up the credibility and awareness needed in new market segments
  • Piggyback registration, when owners of restricted stock in a public company are allowed to participate in a public offering underwritten by another party
  • "Piggyback", a 2010 TV commercial for T-Mobile USA
  • "Piggy Backing" (Obj) – Two or more items alike in nature, with different features used for the same purpose; each enabling use of different features to create one symbiotic usage.