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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
hitch
I.verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
hitch a ride (=get a free ride from a passing vehicle)
▪ He hitched a ride to Denver on a truck.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ NOUN
lift
▪ Are you hitching lifts or what?
▪ Because I am there, we hitch a lift on a Landrover.
▪ A standard rumour was that some one the story-teller knew personally had been hitching a lift one dark night.
▪ They then had to hitch a lift back to the cars.
▪ Ricky, in fact, hitched a lift with a lorry driver heading for Calais.
▪ Marc was the one who hitched a lift.
▪ McCready found a truck driver heading south, explained that his car had broken down and hitched a lift six miles south.
▪ Maybe he could hitch a lift.
ride
▪ Unable to sleep, I hitched a ride up the road to the start.
▪ We had hitched a ride with an armored unit, 6 Patton tanks.
▪ He worked on farms to pay for food and hitched a ride wherever he could.
▪ The soldier hitched a ride on the boat with the youngest princess and her prince.
▪ Edward paddled across the river to the highway, hitched a ride into town and bought back beer.
▪ He'd hitched a ride from a 1950s hearse.
▪ I got out on the highway and hitched a ride at once.
■ VERB
get
▪ We watched six couples getting hitched in the tranquil setting of the garden gazebo before having their pictures taken on the beach.
▪ Think about it: How old were your parents when they got hitched?
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
technical problem/hitch
▪ At times it appears large numbers of these new or infrequent voters were confounded by technical problems in the ballot.
▪ Design implies change and improvement, solving technical problems and meeting new needs.
▪ He had also to tackle the technical problems of bringing two curriculum systems into one entity.
▪ However, some technical problems exist.
▪ In other words, it is to argue that the problem is a technical problem which admits of a technical solution.
▪ It is open to any interested individual and meets regularly to discuss operational and near-term technical problems of the Internet.
▪ Politics becomes an issue of solving the technical problems of advancing capitalism rather than the realization of practical goals.
▪ The principal technical problems which had to be resolved were breakage due to heavy-duty service and abuse.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Baseball also has become an endless exercise in hitching, pulling and staring in the batter's box and on the mound.
▪ Bees and wasps hitch their fore and hind wings together with hooks to make, in effect, a single surface.
▪ Farrelly rented a house nearby and she would play truant, hitching the eight miles there to rehearse.
▪ He was unsteady, but he managed to hitch up his jeans and zip them.
▪ On Sunday, Ellingwood hitched up the wagon.
▪ The soldier hitched a ride on the boat with the youngest princess and her prince.
▪ The women, who wore sweaters under their low-cut dresses, hitched their clothes and staggered with their partners.
▪ To hitch hike right round the coast of Ireland and to write a book about his experiences.
II.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
technical
▪ Regardless of technical hitches Pathfinders in Space was judged a great success, leading to a second series being commissioned in 1960.
▪ However, Rita calmly carried on in spite of this rather inconvenient technical hitch.
▪ These technical hitches failed to disguise the quality of the music.
▪ However, technical hitches plagued the first night.
■ VERB
go
▪ The operation had not gone without hitches because adequate amphibious shipping and transport aircraft were not yet available.
▪ They also went through without a hitch.
▪ But the display went off without a hitch.
▪ The Boozebuster went off without a hitch.
▪ But like anchorman Trevor McDonald, she gave a faultless performance and everything went without a hitch.
▪ Everything had gone without a hitch.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ a trailer hitch
▪ Nelson refused to comment on reports of a last-minute hitch in the negotiations.
▪ The parade went off without a hitch, despite concern about protestors.
▪ The plan has a hitch: drilling holes for the owls in the trees will kill the trees.
▪ The shuttle landed without a hitch at Edwards Air Force Base.
▪ There's been a slight technical hitch, so we'll have to postpone the video until later.
▪ There was a hitch - about half the employees did not want to move to a different city.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ And just as the deal started coming together, the first hitch came: Original drummer Dusty Denham left.
▪ Come Sunday you're more withdrawn and reticent so any hassle or hitch will prove too much to cope with.
▪ Organic hitch Recently my local baker told me the stoneground organic loaf I was buying would be the last.
▪ That was the plan if there was a hitch.
▪ The operation had not gone without hitches because adequate amphibious shipping and transport aircraft were not yet available.
▪ This tiny hitch would be discovered only five weeks later, when the first steel columns arrived on site.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Hitch

Hitch \Hitch\, v. i. To hitchhike; -- mostly used in the phrase to hitch a ride; as, he hitched his way home; he hitched a ride home.

Hitch

Hitch \Hitch\ (h[i^]ch), v. t. [Cf. Scot. hitch a motion by a jerk, and hatch, hotch, to move by jerks, also Prov. G. hiksen, G. hinken, to limp, hobble; or E. hiccough; or possibly akin to E. hook.]

  1. To become entangled or caught; to be linked or yoked; to unite; to cling.

    Atoms . . . which at length hitched together.
    --South.

  2. To move interruptedly or with halts, jerks, or steps; -- said of something obstructed or impeded.

    Slides into verse, and hitches in a rhyme.
    --Pope.

    To ease themselves . . . by hitching into another place.
    --Fuller.

  3. To hit the legs together in going, as horses; to interfere. [Eng.]
    --Halliwell.

Hitch

Hitch \Hitch\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hitched; p. pr. & vb. n. Hitching.]

  1. To hook; to catch or fasten as by a hook or a knot; to make fast, unite, or yoke; as, to hitch a horse, or a halter; hitch your wagon to a star.

  2. To move with hitches; as, he hitched his chair nearer. To hitch up.

    1. To fasten up.

    2. To pull or raise with a jerk; as, a sailor hitches up his trousers.

    3. To attach, as a horse, to a vehicle; as, hitch up the gray mare. [Colloq.]

Hitch

Hitch \Hitch\, n.

  1. A catch; anything that holds, as a hook; an impediment; an obstacle; an entanglement.

  2. The act of catching, as on a hook, etc.

  3. A stop or sudden halt; a stoppage; an impediment; a temporary obstruction; an obstacle; as, a hitch in one's progress or utterance; a hitch in the performance.

  4. A sudden movement or pull; a pull up; as, the sailor gave his trousers a hitch.

  5. (Naut.) A knot or noose in a rope which can be readily undone; -- intended for a temporary fastening; as, a half hitch; a clove hitch; a timber hitch, etc.

  6. (Geol.) A small dislocation of a bed or vein.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
hitch

mid-15c., probably from Middle English icchen "to move as with a jerk, to stir" (c.1200). It lacks cognates in other languages. The connection with icchen may be in notion of "hitching up" pants or boots with a jerking motion. Sense of "become fastened," especially by a hook, first recorded 1570s, originally nautical. Meaning "to marry" is from 1844 (to hitch horses together "get along well," especially of married couples, is from 1837, American English). Short for hitchhike (v.) by 1931. Related: Hitched; hitching.

hitch

1660s, "a limp or hobble;" 1670s, "an abrupt movement," from hitch (v.). Meaning "a means by which a rope is made fast" is from 1769, nautical. The sense of "obstruction" is first recorded 1748; military sense of "enlistment" is from 1835.

Wiktionary
hitch

n. 1 A sudden pull. 2 Any of various knot used to attach a rope to an object other than another rope Knots and Splices by Cyrus L Day, Adlard Coles Nautical, 2001. See http://en.wikipedi

  1. org/wiki/List%20of%20hitch%20knots. 3 A fastener or connection point, as for a trailer. 4 (context informal English) A problem, delay or source of difficulty. 5 A hidden or unfavorable condition or element; a catch. 6 A period of time. Most often refers to time spent in the military. v

  2. 1 (context transitive English) To pull with a jerk. 2 (context transitive English) To attach, tie or fasten.

WordNet
hitch
  1. v. to hook or entangle; "One foot caught in the stirrup" [syn: catch] [ant: unhitch]

  2. walk impeded by some physical limitation or injury; "The old woman hobbles down to the store every day" [syn: limp, hobble]

  3. jump vertically, with legs stiff and back arched; "the yung filly bucked" [syn: buck, jerk]

  4. travel by getting free rides from motorists [syn: hitchhike, thumb]

  5. connect to a vehicle: "hitch the trailer to the car"

hitch
  1. n. a period of time spent in military service [syn: enlistment, term of enlistment, tour of duty, duty tour, tour]

  2. the state of inactivity following an interruption; "the negotiations were in arrest"; "held them in check"; "during the halt he got some lunch"; "the momentary stay enabled him to escape the blow"; "he spent the entire stop in his seat" [syn: arrest, check, halt, stay, stop, stoppage]

  3. an unforeseen obstacle [syn: hang-up, rub, snag]

  4. a connection between a vehicle and the load that it pulls

  5. a knot that can be undone by pulling against the strain that holds it

  6. any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome [syn: hindrance, preventive, preventative, encumbrance, incumbrance, interference]

  7. the uneven manner of walking that results from an injured leg [syn: hobble, limp]

Wikipedia
Hitch

Hitch may refer to:

  • Hitch, a knot used to attach a rope to a fixed object, see list of hitch knots
  • Tow hitch, a construction on a truck or car to attach a trailer
  • Hitches, fishes in the genus Lavinia including Lavinia exilicauda
  • Hitch (route), a pattern run by a receiver in American football
  • Hitch (film), a 2005 movie starring Will Smith
  • Healthcare Interoperability Testing and Conformance Harmonisation, a 2010-2011 European Institute for Health Records project
  • Hitch, a 2016 album by The Joy Formidable
Hitch (film)

Hitch is a 2005 American romantic comedy film directed by Andy Tennant and starring Will Smith. The film, which was written by Kevin Bisch, co-stars Eva Mendes, Kevin James, and Amber Valletta. Smith plays the main fictional character of the film, Alex "Hitch" Hitchens, who is a professional dating consultant who makes a living teaching men how to woo women. The film was released on February 11, 2005 by Columbia Pictures.

Hitch (album)

Hitch is the third studio album by the Welsh alternative rock band The Joy Formidable. The album was released on 25 March 2016 by the C'mon Let's Drift label in the UK, and Caroline Records in the US.

Hitch (surname)

Hitch is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Bill Hitch (1886–1965), cricketer
  • Brian Hitch (1932–2004), British diplomat
  • Bryan Hitch (born 1966), British comic-book artist
  • Charles J. Hitch (1910–1995), US Assistant Secretary of Defense and president of the University of California
  • Frederick Hitch (1856–1913), recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Frederick Brook Hitch (1897–1957), British sculptor
  • Lew Hitch (1929–2012), National Basketball Association player
  • Nathaniel Hitch (1845–1938), British sculptor; father of Frederick Brook Hitch
  • Neon Hitch (born 1986), British singer and songwriter

Usage examples of "hitch".

Gordon, through the long day, continued to squirm and hitch to increase the abrasion on the fetter.

The only hitch was, that this cabby might have been ordered to pick up as a passenger a man who came from the Acme Florists, wearing a red primrose.

There should be a hitching post, Alan thought, a stagecoach rattling by, a dozen extras milling around.

Hitching himself swiftly over the top of the wall, Alec lowered himself by his fingertips and dropped down the other side.

For it was Arga, the farrier, who oversaw the hitching of the donkey cart in the gray-lit stableyard at dawn.

She appointed lobbyists fresh from their hitches with paper, asbestos, chemical, and oil companies to run each of the principal agency departments.

I see nothing illusive in the wretchedly bedaubed sheet of canvas that forms your background, or in these pasteboard slips that hitch and jerk along the front.

He looked out to the blue sierras to the south and he hitched up the shoulder strap of his overalls and sat with his thumb hooked in the bib and turned and looked at them.

The men were now hitching the bosk to the wagons taken from the camp of the Lady Sabina.

The first team of bosk was hitched up, two of the great animals, broad, shaggy, with polished horns.

Sergeant Hoster along with the bodies of Scout Buel Hitch and the barber whose shop was by the west gate.

Esco had used the fence for hitching rack, and the pointed tops of the palings had been cribbed away to splintered nubs by bored horses.

Holden drew to a halt and hitched his thumbs in the bright cummerbund around his waist.

My breathing hitched as I hauled her close, rubbing her cushiony belly against my stiff erection.

Then I saw him go to the shed and hitch up two horses and take the doubletree off the hay rake.