Definition of hitch in English:

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Pronunciation: /hiCH/


1 [with object] Move (something) into a different position with a jerk: she hitched the blanket around him he hitched his pants up
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  • It was hitched up to reveal an underskirt of a different color and with no hoops or panniers.
  • As skirts were hitched up and ties loosened, out came the blue Rimmel eyeliners and the Body Shop blushers.
  • Her skirt was hitched up way higher on one side than the other and the buttons on her shirt were all in the wrong holes.
pull, jerk, tug, hike, lift, raise, yank, shift
2 [no object] informal Travel by hitchhiking.
Example sentences
  • Rural Ireland was recommended as a friendly place for hitching, as was Quebec - ‘if you don't mind being berated for not speaking French’.
  • I've seen a few people hitching with suitcases, but that's weird.
  • There was the student hitching on a road outside Maynooth.
2.1 [with object] Obtain (a ride) by hitchhiking.
Example sentences
  • The ride in an Audi 200 is akin to hitching a lift on the back of a horse drawn carriage.
  • Jo Jo was hitching rides down to her home in Callan, Co Kilkenny, when she disappeared.
  • Children are dicing with death hitching rides on the back of moving vehicles.
3 [with object] Fasten or tether with a rope: he returned to where he had hitched his horse
More example sentences
  • But is hitching your company to a star really the right move?
  • He hitches a trailer to his bike to take the children to school or go shopping.
  • They were now behind the church where people pulled up their buggies and carriages and hitched them to the posts that were set up.
harness, yoke, couple, fasten, connect, attach, tether, tie
3.1Harness (a draft animal or team): Thomas hitched the pony to his cart
More example sentences
  • Mitchell said the cable did not break, and detectives believe something went wrong when Hart's harness was being hitched to the cable.
  • ‘He's too fine a beast to be hitched to do this kind of work,’ he protested.
  • Red already had the team hitched for her, so she kissed Joey goodbye and climbed up in the tall seat.


1A temporary interruption or problem: everything went without a hitch
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  • For all its water-tightness and lack of style, all the stuff I tried to read, passed through MSOffice grammar check without a hitch!
  • It wasn't easy to do, but English class finally started without a hitch and my headache remained in the back corner of my mind.
  • Luckily, the surgery was completed without a hitch and the patient was informed of the problem.
problem, difficulty, snag, catch, setback, hindrance, obstacle, obstruction, complication, impediment, stumbling block, barrier;
holdup, interruption, delay
informal headache, glitch, hiccup
2A knot used for fastening a rope to another rope or something else.
Example sentences
  • Lash ropes and diamond hitches are untied, the horses unpacked and then hobbled or tethered in the meadow below camp.
  • Also available is The Klutz Book of Knots, a step-by-step manual on how to tie the world's 24 most useful hitches, ties, warps and knots.
2.1North American A device for attaching one thing to another, especially the tow bar of a motor vehicle: a trailer hitch
More example sentences
  • These pieces of equipment can be easily attached to a trailer hitch and taken from a job site.
  • Some rear bumpers may come with a built-in step or a trailer hitch that will add more functionality to your Chevrolet pickup or SUV.
  • Headlights, brush guard and trailer hitch without ball are standard features.
3 informal An act of hitchhiking.
4North American informal A period of service: his 12-year hitch in the navy
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  • The Admiral recruited me after I had served a hitch in the Navy.
  • Americans in uniform, whether they serve for one hitch or an entire career, are taught to view themselves as professionals.
  • On the troop ship home were a bunch of criminals - American soldiers who had spent most of their hitch in the brig.



get hitched

informal Marry.
Example sentences
  • The couple, who have both been married before, are getting hitched at St John's Church on Saturday.
  • But she was married at the time and Gene had been married and divorced and in no big hurry to get hitched again.
  • The soaring cost of getting married has inspired a council to help couples get hitched on the cheap.

hitch one's wagon to a star

Try to succeed by forming a relationship with someone who is already successful.
Example sentences
  • Ginny had to learn a lesson - to hitch her wagon to a star, but not to lose sight of the job at hand.
  • But much better things are coming, and I'd rather hitch my wagon to a star than to a toad.
  • At an early age she decided to hitch her wagon to a star and become rich and famous.


Middle English (in the sense 'lift up with a jerk'): of unknown origin.

  • The earliest sense of hitch was ‘to move or lift up with a jerk’. The meaning ‘to fasten or tether’ dates from the early 17th century, and is the one that features in such expressions as to get hitched for get married and to hitch your wagon to a star. The US philosopher and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson introduced this second phrase in 1870 in the sense ‘to have high aspirations’. A hitch meaning ‘an obstacle’ is probably from the word's use to mean ‘a knot in a rope’.

Words that rhyme with hitch

bewitch, bitch, ditch, enrich, fitch, flitch, glitch, itch, kitsch, Mitch, pitch, quitch, rich, snitch, stitch, switch, titch, twitch, which, witch

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