hitch a ride

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 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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The broomstick is being put into gear again from November 23 until May next year, so there will be plenty of time to hitch a ride and get on board.
With public transportation already unavailableIsraeli buses and trains do not operate on the Sabbaththe couple tried to hitch a ride, but had no luck.
Aquino was going to Paris for the COP21 leaders caucus, their hopes were raised that maybe the President would let them hitch a ride on his plane.
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. Between the darkness of the van, the road-weariness of the skaters, and the fact that the critter had gotten stuck in a T-shirt while rummaging through their stuff, the team didn't notice it was an animal.
Vietnam, in contrast, was a much smaller country, where correspondents and photographers were free to roam to wherever they could hitch a ride.
The researchers proposed that the tiny, flightless larvae hitch a ride on the male bee and then transfer to a female that he encounters.
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.
McCormack and Harding managed to hitch a ride to the track with trainer George Moore in time for racing.
The virus can also hitch a ride in the air, and on clothing, shoes, or car tires.
"By the time the Murmurs came along, all they had to do was stick out their thumb on the road and hitch a ride. But every woman our age says the same thing: `Remember to say the names of the women who went before!'"
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.
Nevertheless, it was much more convenient than having to walk or try to hitch a ride in a farmer's cart.