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  • n. Plural form of pillion.

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Examples

  • Our research suggests the riskiest time for bikers and their pillions is the weekend when fatalities are considerably higher than during the week.

    BBC News - Home

  • The child stars who fetched them millions are not on their 'pillions' yet.

    Asian Tribune

  • I have already said, submerged — entirely drowned — no land was visible; the trees were growing bolt upright in the flood, whilst farmhouses and cottages were standing insulated; the horses which drew us were up to the knees in water, and, on coming to blind pools and ‘greedy depths,’ were not unfrequently swimming, in which case, the boys or urchins who mounted them sometimes stood, sometimes knelt, upon the saddle and pillions.

    Lavengro

  • Some of the damsels mounted on pillions behind their favorite swains, and their light-hearted laughter, mingling with the clatter of hoofs, echoed along the silent woodlands, sounding fainter and fainter until they gradually died away — and the late scene of noise and frolic was all silent and deserted.

    The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon

  • They would come from up and down the river; some in pirogues and pinnaces and sloops, and some on horseback with the fair dames on pillions behind.

    Virginia: the Old Dominion

  • [167] Wagons and carriages began to multiply and to replace saddle-bags and pillions, yet as late as 1815 Litchfield town had only "one phaeton, one coachee, and forty-six two-wheeled pleasure-wagons."

    The Development of Religious Liberty in Connecticut

  • The words _mano_ and _silla_ mean really "hand" and "saddle"; I have been told that they are linguistic survivals of the days when women, rode on pillions and the fair incubus indicated that she wished to turn either to the side of her right hand or to the skirt side.

    A Woman's Impression of the Philippines

  • In front of the meeting-house were a couple of horse-blocks, on which the women dismounted as they rode to meeting on their pillions, behind their husbands or brothers.

    Ben Comee A Tale of Rogers's Rangers, 1758-59

  • Some of the damsels mounted on pillions behind their favorite swains, and their light-hearted laughter, mingling with the clatter of hoofs, echoed along the silent woodlands, sounding fainter and fainter until they gradually died away—and the late scene of noise and frolic was all silent and deserted.

    The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

  • The early polite society of the settled neighborhoods traveled in horse litters, in sedan chairs, or on horseback, the women seated on pillions or cushions behind the saddle riders, while oxcarts and horse barrows brought to town the produce of the outlying farms.

    The Paths of Inland Commerce; a chronicle of trail, road, and waterway

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