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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."
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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]
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Viruses also hitch rides on small, organic particles suspended in the air, and therefore last longer in the atmosphere.
The strikes had stranded thousands of commuters in urban centers, forcing them to walk and hitch rides while some local governments were prompted to suspend classes in public and private schools.
falciparum and its relatives hitch rides via mosquitoes to find a human home.
He said that he used to hitch rides from truck drivers and the experience helped him to get used to travelling in uncomfortable conditions.
BOSTON -- A surprise strike by Boston school bus drivers stranded thousands of students Tuesday, forcing some to hitch rides with cops, harried parents and even a police superintendent, while others just stayed home.
It's also working on a possible manned capsule that would ferry US astronauts to the space station, rather than having them hitch rides on Russian rockets.
In the country, where I live most of the time, I hitch rides, ride a bicycle or walk for transportation, close to 20 miles round trip to the nearest (very small) town.
Of course, as an 18-year veteran of the slings and arrows that constitutes Canadian Parliament, one can be reasonably assured the new defence minister will not hitch rides with much-needed search-and-rescue aircraft, nor cock up his budget numbers and estimates, much less publicly fail a geography test when meeting with heads of state.
These days our astronauts hitch rides to the International Space Station on Soviet spacecraft, and just recently the U.
To cut costs, the aim is to hitch rides into orbit with communication satellites.
TRUCKERS camped out on King Fahad Causeway waiting to enter Saudi Arabia yesterday described how they had to hitch rides back into Bahrain just to use a toilet.
When they miss their Delhi flight, they are forced to a hitch rides in trucks, camel-carts, rickshaws and trains to reach their destination.
Why do polar bear cubs hitch rides on their moms' backs?
Join them as they hitch rides in anything with wheels and see where they finally end up.
For many mussel species, the babies don't hang around home; the larvae hitch rides on fish for weeks or months, drawing nutrition from the fish tissue until growing large enough to drop off in a new location.