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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 lift 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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Mark Latha, 27, hitched a lift on the grazing animal after drinking all day and brought traffic to a halt by galloping down the middle of a road.
The bizarre trip began when six-month-old Nelson hitched a lift in a double- glazing van that smelled of the house he used to live in.
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A STUNNED trucker last night told of his amazement after a swan hitched a lift on the top of his lorry from England to Scotland.
A STUNNED trucker last night told how a dozy swan hitched a lift on the top of his lorry from England to Scotland.
POLICE are seeking help in identifying a man who hitched a lift along Warwickshire motorways before he was hit by a car and later died.
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