- 1 [with object, and adverbial of direction] Move (something) into a different position with a jerk: she hitched up her skirt and ranMore example sentences
pull, jerk, hike, lift, raise• informal yank
- 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.
- 2 [no object] • informal Travel by hitch-hiking: they hitched to BirminghamMore 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 lift) by hitch-hiking: I hitched a ride up the roadMore 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: he returned to where he had hitched his horseMore 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.
- 3.1Harness (a draught animal or team): Thomas hitched the pony to his cartMore 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.
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- 1A temporary difficulty or problem: everything went without a hitchMore example sentences
problem, difficulty, issue, snag, setback, catch, hindrance, obstacle, obstruction, complication, impediment, barrier, stumbling block, block, trouble; hold-up, interruption, delay, check, stoppageBritish • informal spanner in the worksNorth American • informal monkey wrench in the works
- 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.
- 2A knot of a particular kind, typically one used for fastening a rope to something else.More 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.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.
- 4North American • informal A period of service: his 12-year hitch in the navyMore example sentences
- 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.
- • informal Marry.More 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.More 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 sense 1 of the verb): of unknown origin.