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hitchhike

[hich-hahyk]
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verb (used without object), hitch·hiked, hitch·hik·ing.
  1. to travel by standing on the side of the road and soliciting rides from passing vehicles.
verb (used with object), hitch·hiked, hitch·hik·ing.
  1. to ask for or get (a ride) by hitchhiking.
noun
  1. an act or instance of hitchhiking.

Origin of hitchhike

An Americanism dating back to 1920–25; hitch1 + hike
Related formshitch·hik·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for hitchhike

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  • "When I was a college kid, I used to hitchhike sometimes," Craig remarked.

    Stamped Caution

    Raymond Zinke Gallun

  • I didn't have any money, of course, so I had to hitchhike into town.

    Back to Julie

    Richard Wilson


British Dictionary definitions for hitchhike

hitchhike

verb
  1. (intr) to travel by obtaining free lifts in motor vehicles
Derived Formshitchhiker, noun
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Word Origin and History for hitchhike

1921 (n.), 1923 (v.), from hitch, from the notion of hitching a sled to a moving vehicle (a sense first recorded 1880) + hike. Related: Hitchhiked; hitchhiking. Hitchhiker attested from 1927.

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