verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- a fault having a throw less than the thickness of a coal seam being mined.
- a notch cut in a wall or the like to hold the end of a stull or other timber.
- hitch a ride,
- hitch one's wagon to a star,
- hitch your wagon to a star,
- hitchcock chair
Origin of hitch1
Origin of hitch2
verb (used with or without object), noun Informal.
Origin of hitch3
Examples from the Web for hitch
When Hitch is feeling good, when he is not in pain, he throws himself into the business of preproduction.
Hitch picks up his cane, pushes her aside, and laboriously tries to get to his feet, saying, “I'll do it myself.”
In 1945 or 1946, Hitch and Alma were in New York with Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman, on a publicity tour.
After everything is in order and the call has been placed, Hitch picks up the receiver and says “How do you do?”
For weeks preceding the bash, Hitch refuses to have anything to do with it.
If only no hitch in the Peace interrupts the food-trains and the incoming ships, so that no more children die!Fields of Victory|Mrs. Humphry Ward
Some horses go well enough alone, but when you hitch them with another horse they crowd, or bite, or kick it.Fifty-Two Story Talks To Boys And Girls|Howard J. Chidley
You go outside and make a hitch with that rope you saw just forward of the middle of the projectile.Pharaoh's Broker|Ellsworth Douglass
But the hitch is here: we have eleven lawyers in Jacksonville and another one studying to be a lawyer; this newcomer, Douglas.Children of the Market Place|Edgar Lee Masters
Bivens's plan would have gone through without a hitch but for one thing.The Root of Evil|Thomas Dixon
Word Origin for 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.
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.