joyriding
joy·rid·ing n: the unauthorized and esp. reckless taking and driving of another's vehicle for a period of time
joy·ride n

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

joyriding
n.
Taking an automobile without the owner’s permission in order to use it temporarily but not intending to keep it permanently.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


joyriding
Driving someone else's vehicle without permission, without intending to take it permanently.
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


joyriding
n. The temporary appropriation of another's vehicle for use, typically without the intention of selling or destroying it.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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