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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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Reports said Catubig was going home after finishing his shift when he hitched a ride on the truck coming from the Central Material Recovery Facility in Bonbonon, on the way to the city proper to collect garbage.
There is no place that a tick cannot potentially linger, having hitched a ride on another animal, from a deer to a mouse.
The international duo hitched a ride to orbit with the Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, on which rode several other experiments, including Canada's NEOSSat, the first space scope designed to search for hazardous near-Earth asteroids.
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Local police officers said in their desperation to reach Sukma, the fatigued SPOs gave the standard operating procedure of not travelling in a group, the go by and hitched a ride on private buses.
A 26-year-old American tourist travelling in India hitched a ride in a rickshaw, a motorbike taxi, last week and married the driver a few days later, a report said Friday.
Student veterinary nurse Jade Galletly with 'Jimmy Tarbuck' kitten who hitched a ride on a removal van from Crosby.
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Photographs were taken by Karen Farr, an Environment Agency officer, after she hitched a ride in a helicopter.
Chopsticks hitched a ride to the woodcarvers' workshops on the other side of the harbor.
Scientists think the virus that causes bird flu may have hitched a ride to Nigeria and neighboring African countries with wild birds that migrate there each year from Asia and Eastern Europe, regions where bird flu has occurred.
Everyone showed up this time: however, Danforth went to the airport a day early, found he had no ticket (on account of being there on the wrong day), and hitched a ride to Louisville with some pals.
It probably hitched a ride to Britain from its native home in Central or South America in a cargo consignment.
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All three girls were believed to have hitched a ride to their deaths in a light-coloured car, but it was never found.