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get hitched

To get married. Did you hear? Bill and David got hitched last week!
See also: get, hitch

hitch (one's) wagon to (someone or something)

To attempt to benefit from something or someone else's success or potential by closely associating with it or them. Be careful about hitching your wagon to the senator—some say his seat is in jeopardy. Joe got lucky by hitching his wagon to that startup before it was bought.
See also: hitch, wagon

hitch (one's) horses together

obsolete To work or associate together amiably or for mutual benefit. The pronoun between "hitch" and "horses" is not always used. Considering the wealth and experience I could bring to your flourishing little enterprise, it strikes me that we would do well to hitch horses together. But it soon became clear that the couple do not hitch their horses together well at all.
See also: hitch, horse, together

hitch a ride

1. To hitchhike. (Done by putting one's hitch in the air in order to signal passing cars that one is looking for a ride.) I spent the summer hitching rides along the west coast. We didn't have any money for a taxi, so we had to hitch a life home.
2. To be driven to a location in someone else's car. A: "Do you need me to drive you to the movie?" B: "No, I'm hitching a ride with Janet."
See also: hitch, ride

hitch a lift

1. To hitchhike. (Done by putting one's hitch in the air in order to signal passing cars that one is looking for a ride.) I spent the summer hitching lifts along the west coast. We didn't have any money for a taxi, so we had to hitch a life home.
2. To be driven to a location in someone else's car. A: "Do you need me to drive you to the movie?" B: "No, I'm hitching a lift with Janet."
See also: hitch, lift

thumb a ride

To hitchhike. (Done by putting one's thumb in the air in order to signal passing cars that one is looking for a ride.) I spent the summer thumbing rides along the west coast. We didn't have any money for a taxi, so we had to thumb a life home.
See also: ride, thumb

thumb a lift

To hitchhike. (Done by putting one's thumb in the air in order to signal passing cars that one is looking for a ride.) I spent the summer thumbing lifts along the west coast. We didn't have any money for a taxi, so we had to thumb a life home.
See also: lift, thumb

have a hitch in one's gitalong

Rur. to have a permanent or temporary limp. Pappy's got quite a hitch in his gitalong since he broke his hip.
See also: have, hitch

hitch someone or something (up) (to something)

to attach someone or something to something. Please hitch the horse up to the wagon, and let's get going. Please hitch up the horse.

Hitch your wagon to a star.

Prov. Always aspire to do great things.; Do not set pessimistic goals. (From Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay, "Civilization.") The speaker who delivered the high school commencement address challenged the graduating students to hitch their wagons to a star. Bob: What do you want to be when you grow up? Child: I used to want to be a great actor, but my dad told me hardly anybody gets to be an actor, so now I have to pick something else. Bob: Nonsense. If you want to be an actor, then do your best to be an actor. Hitch your wagon to a star!
See also: hitch, star, wagon

thumb a ride

 and hitch a ride
to get a ride from a passing motorist; to make a sign with one's thumb that indicates to passing drivers that one is asking for a ride. My car broke down on the highway, and I had to thumb a ride to get back to town. Sometimes it's dangerous to hitch a ride with a stranger.
See also: ride, thumb

without a hitch

Fig. with no problem(s). Everything went off without a hitch. We hoped the job would go off without a hitch.
See also: hitch, without

hitch a ride

Also, thumb a ride. Solicit a free ride, especially by hitchhiking. For example, I've no car; can I hitch a ride home with you? or He was hoping to thumb a ride to the stadium. The verb hitch here alludes to walking unevenly, presumably to hop into a car or truck; raising one's thumb is the traditional signal for stopping a car on the road. [First half of 1900s]
See also: hitch, ride

hitch one's wagon to a star

Aim high, as in Bill's hitching his wagon to a star-he plans to be a partner by age thirty. This metaphoric expression was invented by essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson in 1870.
See also: hitch, star, wagon

hitch your wagon to someone/something

If someone hitches their wagon to a successful person or thing, they try to use that person or thing to make themselves more successful. Jones isn't the only footballer to have hitched his wagon to brand promotion. They made a big mistake hitching their wagon to The Beatles. Note: You can also say that you hitch your wagon to a star or to someone's star, with the same meaning. Giammetti had the good fortune to hitch his wagon to a brilliant star. A powerful network had by now hitched their wagons to Johnson's star. Note: This is a quotation from the essay `Civilization' (1870) by the American writer Ralph Waldo Emerson: `Now that is the wisdom of a man, in every instance of his labor, to hitch his wagon to a star, and see his chore done by the gods themselves.'

hitch horses together

get on well together; act in harmony. US
See also: hitch, horse, together

hitch your wagon to a star

make use of powers higher than your own.
This phrase was used by the American philosopher and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson in 1870 in the context of idealistic aspiration; modern usage generally has the more cynical implication of attaching yourself to someone successful or famous in order to profit from the association.
1998 Spectator [ Francis Bacon ] was among the first to hitch his wagon to the star of the repulsive George VilliersJames I's next favourite.
See also: hitch, star, wagon

hitch your ˌwagon to a ˈstar

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hitch your wagon to somebody/something

try to succeed by forming a relationship with somebody/something that is already successful: She quit the group and hitched her wagon to the dance band ‘Beats’.We must be careful. We don’t want to hitch our wagon to the wrong star.
Hitch means to tie or attach something to something else.
See also: hitch, star, wagon

get ˈhitched

(informal) get married: They got hitched last year without telling anybody about it.
See also: get, hitch

thumb/hitch a ˈlift

stand by the side of the road with your thumb out because you want a driver to stop and take you somewhere: We tried to hitch a lift, but nobody stopped to pick us up.
See also: hitch, lift, thumb

hitch up

v.
1. To pull up something, especially an item of clothing: I keep hitching up my pants because I forgot to wear a belt today. The pioneers hitched their pantlegs up and crossed the creek.
2. To attach something or someone to something or someone else with a hitch: I hitched up the trailer to the car. They hitched the horses up to the wagon.
3. Slang To marry: They hitched up last month in Las Vegas.
See also: hitch, up

hitched

mod. married. (Folksy.) Sam and Mary decided to get hitched.
See also: hitch

thumb a ride

tv. to beg a ride; to stand at the side of the street and signal to cars with one’s thumb for a ride; to hitchhike. I’ll thumb a ride to get there if I have to.
See also: ride, thumb

without a hitch

mod. with no problem(s). Everything went off without a hitch.
See also: hitch, without

hitch your wagon to a star

Set high goals. The phrase come from an 1862 Ralph Waldo Emerson essay “American Civilization”: “Now that is the wisdom of a man, in every instance of his labor, to hitch his wagon to a star, and see his chore done by the gods themselves. That is the way we are strong, by borrowing the might of the elements. The forces of steam, gravity, galvanism, light, magnets, wind, fire, serve us day by day, and cost us nothing.” It used to be heard among other bit of avuncular or graduation speech advice. Then advice for the future became more specific, like “plastics” in the movie The Graduate. Nowadays, in this economy, your guess is as good as mine.
See also: hitch, star, wagon
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Once you've installed the proper hitch, you'll need to wire your truck so that your trailer brake, signal, marker and emergency flasher lights will work.
The hitch should be pointing away from you, the right side should be over the left, and the working end should be leading off to the right.
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Hitch hits all the right buttons, however, and that's primarily down to Smith's easy-going, amiable style.
Following the success of Hitch Hiker, Adams wrote a number of books in a similar vein - The Restaurant At The End Of The Universe and Life, The Universe And Everything to name but two, but increasingly found the pressures of working to a deadline difficult to cope with.
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Obvious differences in personality and work habits (Selznick was loud and pushy, Hitch quiet and meticulous) set the scene for the now-legendary clashes on the sets of "Rebecca," "Spellbound" and "The Paradine Case.
It's raised by one or more hydraulic cylinders, and a three-point hitch.
The patent-pending Quick Hitch targets "lawn and garden" type trailers historically using Clevis Pins as the form of hook-up to now be used on any size "ball hitch".
The receiver hitch line is designed, manufactured, labeled and shipped at their manufacturing headquarters in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
The 60 Climate Chargers were sent off by the Mayor of Manchester and the Mayor of Liverpool on Wednesday morning, and are now partway through hitch hiking across northern Europe to finally reach the Danish capital on Sunday.
I was up at 6am and it wasn't the explosion so much as all the light that was suddenly there," said Hitch.
Meanwhile, California Highway Patrol said it might take months to complete the investigation into the chain-reaction crash at Hitch Boulevard and Los Angeles Avenue, although alcohol or drugs do not appear to have been a factor, officials said.
This week we have a fantastic Sony 28ins widescreen TV up for grabs, plus a Sony DVD player and a copy of the comedy Hitch on DVD.