hitch a lift

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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."
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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
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Minniti warned last week that fighters planning revenge attacks following the collapse of the IS stronghold in Raqa could hitch lifts back to Europe on migrant boats from Libya.
Speaking at the time Mossel Bay resident Neil Oelofse said locals had been warned not to hitch lifts because it was 'very dangerous'.
They must not spend their own money, but can hitch lifts and persuade companies to give them free accommodation, bus, train and plane tickets.
Dawn said her own angel - Archangel Michael - guides her all the time, and over the years has helped her out, like making her stop a car moments before a pedestrian stepped out in front of it, or even helping her hitch lifts home when she was younger.
Detectives believe she was last seen close to junction 8 of the M25 - near Reigate, Surrey - after trying to hitch lifts from Hampshire to her home.
On Monday, August 5, the pair decided to hitch lifts back to their respective homes - Mr Tremlett to his mother's house in Redhill, Surrey, and Dinah 80 miles further on to her home village of Tillingham.
They must not spend their own money on transport, but try to hitch lifts and persuade companies to give them free bus, train and plane tickets to get as far away from Durham as possible.
He would seize me after school and walk me home through other people's gardens; we'd hitch lifts on rubbish trucks to allow us time to visit his sanctuary before Mother missed me.
'Some of them hitch lifts with the pro teams to Heineken Cup matches in Europe and it wasn't so long ago that one committee chappie had drunk so much, he demanded the bus stop so he could be sick in the gutter.'
The standard rear three-point hitch lifts Category II implements weighing up to 6564 lb.
It wasn't uncommon for her to hitch lifts with lorry drivers to save money, and that fateful October morning was no different.
Crystel added: "He promised me that when he got there he would buy a van and they would use that to sleep in so that they would be protected and wouldn't have to hitch lifts.
'I have even been known to hitch lifts to matches in lorries as it helps save money.
Registrar Anne Patton had to hitch lifts in a 4x4 and corn lorry to get to the ceremony.