-v. 2. rebound, bound back, spring back, recoil, boomerang, fly back, return, return quickly; deflect, glance, glance off, swerve off, bear off, diverge, rid, v. 1. Usu. rid of clear, cleanse, purify, clean, depurate, flush, flush out; empty of, deplete, purge, expurgate; weed out, destroy, annihilate, crush, abolish, cut away or out, eliminate, Inf. stamp out, ban; kill, murder, depose, eject, drive away, evict, throw out.
2. free, disentangle, disencumber, relieve, disembarrass; untie, unknot, loosen, liberate, detach, unfasten, unloose, separate, undo, divorce, unmarry, set asunder. riddance, n. 1. clearing, clearance, elimination; purging, purgation, Med. catharsis; cleaning out, ablution, purification, purifying; censoring, censorship, bowdlerization.
2. deliverance, release, extrication, freeing, liberation, disembarrassment, disencumbrance, relief, riddle', n. 1. puzzle, puzzler, poser, conundrum; code, cryptogram, cryptograph; rhymed puzzle, anagram, logogriph, word game, acrostic, Trademark. Double-Crostic, crossword puzzle, Inf. crossword, diagramless puzzle, Inf. diagramless; charade, guessing game; Chinese puzzle, Inf. hard nut to crack, Inf. brain teaser, Inf mind-boggier, Inf. stumper, Inf. floorer.
2. enigma, mystery, secret, arcanum, question, question mark; mysterious person, closed or sealed book, Latin, terra incognita, unexplored ground or territory; oracle, dark saying, riddle of the Sphinx, obscure statement, ambiguity, equivoque; hidden meaning, occult meaning, symbolic meaning, anagoge.
3. dilemma, problem, quandary, plight, predicament, Inf. pickle, Inf. jam, Inf. fix; Inf. tight spot, box, bind, double-bind, strait; catch-22, vicious circle, cul-de-sac, dead end, blind alley, impasse, standstill, stalemate, deadlock; difficult choice, Fr. embarras de choix, tough question; entanglement, intricacy.
-v. 4. speak enigmatically or cryptically. riddle1, v. 1. pierce, perforate, fill with holes, fill full of holes; honeycomb, punch; pepper with shot or buckshot.
2. screen, sift, separate, filter, strain; refine, winnow, pick, comb, weed, sort through.
3. permeate, pervade, penetrate, fill, diffuse, spread. ride, v. 1. (all in reference to animals) sit on, manage, mount, bestride, perch on, sit on top of; be carried by, be borne along by, travel on.
2. motor, automobile, taxi; tour, travel, journey; float, body surf, Inf. surf, Inf. catch a wave, Inf. hang ten.
3. harass, harry, hector; nag, rag, annoy, tease, provoke, heckle; ridicule, make fun of, deride; browbeat, bother, badger, bait; tyrannize, intimidate, bully, terrorize, torment; push around, pester, plague, persecute, dragoon.
4. ride down overtake, track down, run down, run to ground; catch up with, pursue and capture.
5. ride for a fall live dangerously, take risks, ask for trouble, court disaster; be improvident, be imprudent, not look ahead, gamble foolishly, trust to blind luck, sell short.
6. ride out endure, bear, bear up, weather, suffer; take it, brave it out, Inf. tough it out, Inf. stick it out,