Definition of hitch in English:

hitch

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Pronunciation: /hɪtʃ
 
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verb

  • 1 [with object, and adverbial of direction] Move (something) into a different position with a jerk: she hitched up her skirt and ran
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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.
    Synonyms
    pull, jerk, hike, lift, raise
    informal yank
  • 2 [no object] informal Travel by hitch-hiking: they hitched to Birmingham
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    hitch-hike
    informal thumb a lift, hitch a lift
  • 2.1 [with object] Obtain (a lift) by hitch-hiking: I hitched a ride up the road
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    • 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 horse
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    harness, yoke, couple, fasten, connect, attach, tie, tether, bind
  • 3.1Harness (a draught animal or team): Thomas hitched the pony to his cart
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    • 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.

noun

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  • 2A knot of a particular kind, typically one used for fastening a rope to something else.
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    • 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.
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    • 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 hitch-hiking: a long walk and a hitch back to Capel Curig
  • 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.

Phrases

get hitched

informal Marry.
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  • 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.
Synonyms
marry, get married, wed, become man and wife, plight/pledge one's troth
informal tie the knot, walk down the aisle, take the plunge, get spliced, get yoked, say ‘I do’
archaic become espoused

hitch one's wagon to a star

Try to succeed by forming a relationship with someone who is already successful.
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  • 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.

Origin

Middle English (in sense 1 of the verb): of unknown origin.

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