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get hitched

To get married. Did you hear? Bill and David got hitched last week!
See also: get, hitch

hitch (one's) wagon to (someone or something)

To attempt to benefit from something or someone else's success or potential by closely associating with it or them. Be careful about hitching your wagon to the senator—some say his seat is in jeopardy. Joe got lucky by hitching his wagon to that startup before it was bought.
See also: hitch, wagon

have a hitch in one's gitalong

Rur. to have a permanent or temporary limp. Pappy's got quite a hitch in his gitalong since he broke his hip.
See also: have, hitch

hitch someone or something (up) (to something)

to attach someone or something to something. Please hitch the horse up to the wagon, and let's get going. Please hitch up the horse.

Hitch your wagon to a star.

Prov. Always aspire to do great things.; Do not set pessimistic goals. (From Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay, "Civilization.") The speaker who delivered the high school commencement address challenged the graduating students to hitch their wagons to a star. Bob: What do you want to be when you grow up? Child: I used to want to be a great actor, but my dad told me hardly anybody gets to be an actor, so now I have to pick something else. Bob: Nonsense. If you want to be an actor, then do your best to be an actor. Hitch your wagon to a star!
See also: hitch, star, wagon

thumb a ride

 and hitch a ride
to get a ride from a passing motorist; to make a sign with one's thumb that indicates to passing drivers that one is asking for a ride. My car broke down on the highway, and I had to thumb a ride to get back to town. Sometimes it's dangerous to hitch a ride with a stranger.
See also: ride, thumb

without a hitch

Fig. with no problem(s). Everything went off without a hitch. We hoped the job would go off without a hitch.
See also: hitch, without

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

hitch one's wagon to a star

Aim high, as in Bill's hitching his wagon to a star-he plans to be a partner by age thirty. This metaphoric expression was invented by essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson in 1870.
See also: hitch, star, wagon

hitch your wagon to someone/something

If someone hitches their wagon to a successful person or thing, they try to use that person or thing to make themselves more successful. Jones isn't the only footballer to have hitched his wagon to brand promotion. They made a big mistake hitching their wagon to The Beatles. Note: You can also say that you hitch your wagon to a star or to someone's star, with the same meaning. Giammetti had the good fortune to hitch his wagon to a brilliant star. A powerful network had by now hitched their wagons to Johnson's star. Note: This is a quotation from the essay `Civilization' (1870) by the American writer Ralph Waldo Emerson: `Now that is the wisdom of a man, in every instance of his labor, to hitch his wagon to a star, and see his chore done by the gods themselves.'
See also: hitch, something, wagon

hitch horses together

get on well together; act in harmony. US
See also: hitch, horse, together

hitch your wagon to a star

make use of powers higher than your own.
This phrase was used by the American philosopher and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson in 1870 in the context of idealistic aspiration; modern usage generally has the more cynical implication of attaching yourself to someone successful or famous in order to profit from the association.
1998 Spectator [ Francis Bacon ] was among the first to hitch his wagon to the star of the repulsive George VilliersJames I's next favourite.
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hitch your ˌwagon to a ˈstar


hitch your wagon to somebody/something

try to succeed by forming a relationship with somebody/something that is already successful: She quit the group and hitched her wagon to the dance band ‘Beats’.We must be careful. We don’t want to hitch our wagon to the wrong star.
Hitch means to tie or attach something to something else.
See also: hitch, star, wagon

get ˈhitched

(informal) get married: They got hitched last year without telling anybody about it.
See also: get, hitch

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

hitch up

1. To pull up something, especially an item of clothing: I keep hitching up my pants because I forgot to wear a belt today. The pioneers hitched their pantlegs up and crossed the creek.
2. To attach something or someone to something or someone else with a hitch: I hitched up the trailer to the car. They hitched the horses up to the wagon.
3. Slang To marry: They hitched up last month in Las Vegas.
See also: hitch, up


mod. married. (Folksy.) Sam and Mary decided to get hitched.
See also: hitch

thumb a ride

tv. to beg a ride; to stand at the side of the street and signal to cars with one’s thumb for a ride; to hitchhike. I’ll thumb a ride to get there if I have to.
See also: ride, thumb

without a hitch

mod. with no problem(s). Everything went off without a hitch.
See also: hitch, without

hitch your wagon to a star

Set high goals. The phrase come from an 1862 Ralph Waldo Emerson essay “American Civilization”: “Now that is the wisdom of a man, in every instance of his labor, to hitch his wagon to a star, and see his chore done by the gods themselves. That is the way we are strong, by borrowing the might of the elements. The forces of steam, gravity, galvanism, light, magnets, wind, fire, serve us day by day, and cost us nothing.” It used to be heard among other bit of avuncular or graduation speech advice. Then advice for the future became more specific, like “plastics” in the movie The Graduate. Nowadays, in this economy, your guess is as good as mine.
See also: hitch, star, wagon
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Founded in 2012 by film & TV executive Joe Rangel and music publishing & management powerhouse Pulse, Hitcher is a Los Angeles based boutique music services firm specializing in licensing, supervision, marketing and original music production.
com - a new website that connects hitchers and haulers so they can save money on gas.
The fact that Becky is now alone, having left her abusive and often incarcerated husband behind, and that Henry can find only occasional jobs, both sets up a parallel with the character of the Hitcher and forces us to recognise the disastrous repercussions of social and psychic alienation, at least on certain people.
That rule probably should have been applied to The Hitcher, a low budget chiller from 1986, made glorious by the presence of Rutger Hauer as the enigmatic lift-taker who terrorises teenage driver C Thomas Howell, framing him for the string of motiveless murders that he has committed.
IN its original 1986 form, The Hitcher was the kind of horror movie to receive two thumbs up - if Rutger Hauer hadn't cut them off with his razor-sharp knife.
THE HITCHER (1986) A young man is terrorised by a psychotic hitchhiker in a gripping and seriously violent road movie.
Louis Morneau (Joy Ride II, Hitcher II: I've Been Waiting) directs the nightmarish hunt through an idyllic countryside shattered by an unstoppable beast.
The story is virtually the same as the original, with a young couple - although it was just a young man in the first film - who ill advisedly stops to pick up a weird hitcher by a deserted highway, and soon finds out that the passenger is a bloodthirsty nutter, who launches a kill crazy rampage along the backroads of America.
At the next gas station, the hitcher catches up with them and manages to blag a lift to a nearby motel.
Ever since the cult success of his 2002 debut movie Cabin Fever - a cheery Deliverance-style journey into backwoods America, where stranded teens battle a flesh-eating virus - he has turned down lucrative offers to helm big-budget, horrors, especially those bland, pointless remakes like The Fog and The Hitcher that he so despises.
In its new incarnation, The Hitcher lacks the elements, which made the 1986 film so engrossing.
Stranded - Rutger Hauer, just to see others drive past him remembering his Hitcher film.
9 tips: Always inform people of your hitch-hiking dates and destination; Carry warm clothing, food and water in case you get stuck; If you get cold, don't drink alcohol or smoke as this causes hypothermia; Carry enough money to make telephone calls and buy food if necessary; Try to have somebody at your destination waiting for you and make them aware of your expected arrival time; If your are hitching or giving a hitcher a lift through a hitch-hiking agency, you will be given details of your companion.
The 86-minute mind-bender and morality tale about an generation adrift also boasts Australian TV star Grant Bowler ("Ugly Betty", "Lost") as a fellow hitcher with a plot to con the soothsayer, and also features "Hawaii Five-O" veteran Al Harrington ("DreamKeeper") as a mysterious wilderness dweller.
This time a young couple - it was just a lone man in the first film - pick up a weird hitcher on a deserted highway.