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A piggyback referred to a condition where one thing was done as a part of something else, in which the secondary task was carried as overhead to the primary one. This could occur in regards to a computer system piggyback.

Data, in 2368, with the assistance of Captain K'Vada, accessed the Romulan Central Information Net to send a transmission to the USS Enterprise-D, piggybacking it on Romulan transmissions. (TNG: "Unification II")

In 2373, Tom Paris piggybacked a message on a fake Kazon signal to discreetly contact The Doctor on his emergency medical holographic channel. (VOY: "Basics, Part II")

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