hitch a ride

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
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HITCH A RIDE Mary waits in hope to get a lift from a passing car
After leaving a Chicago-area contest last week, the team realized they had a stowaway on board and figured it was a local kid who wanted to hitch a ride.
But the avid seamstress and gardener was happy to hitch a ride to a local restaurant Saturday, where about 20 relatives and friends gathered to celebrate Moore's birthday, which is May 6.
Buckman patiently introduces the reader to a host of types of life forms that hitch a ride on Planet Human, and cheerfully describes fleas, lice, bacteria, viruses, worms of a variety of shapes and lengths, chiggers, mosquitoes, and so forth.
Hyperpycnal flows could also transport significant quantities of pesticides because agricultural chemicals often hitch a ride on particles that wash into rivers.
Michael Hills had to hitch a ride in a racecourse ambulance, and weighed out to ride in the first race with only seconds to spare.
The pilots cruised southwest to North Africa to hitch a ride on the jet stream, a wind current at an altitude of about 9,114 meters (30,000 feet) above Earth's surface that flows west to east.
Wacky Scots rocker Bill Drummond's latest burning ambition is to hitch a ride to the moon.
Never hitch a ride on a moving vehicle or do stunts or wheelies.
BUSINESS WIRE)--March 16, 1995--The easiest way for people to hitch a ride on the information superhighway is to pick up their phone and dial 1-800-Yello-Page.
To find the so-called T cells that it most commonly infects, HIV seems to hitch a ride on specialized immune cells that patrol the body's mucus membranes, scientists report.
Last month, 39 Heaven's Gate cultists committed suicide in Rancho Santa Fe in the belief that they would hitch a ride on that spaceship.
If the RLV really does make space flight cheaper, you may one day be able to hitch a ride for a vacation in space.
The 12-member committee's report said that even if microorganisms exist on Mars and hitch a ride back to Earth, ``the likelihood that they could survive and grow and produce harmful effects is judged to be low.
Only one more launch remained before SWAS could hitch a ride on the rocket, and Melnick and his team began to "get out of hibernation," retesting software for their instrument.