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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."
See also: hitch, lift

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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A curious cat ended up hundreds of miles away from home in Wales, thanks to his habit of hitching lifts with unsuspecting motorists.
BED bugs are hitching lifts to Ireland and it has resulted in numbers shooting up so far this year.
Jasper Winn cycles, walks, boats and paddleboards his way around it; hitching lifts, gleaning stories and sleeping in a bivvy bag beside the towpath.
AN escaped prisoner who made it back to Teesside by hitching lifts hundreds of miles has been given a longer sentence.
after a lifetime taking the bus or hitching lifts from pals, she can't drive.
It involved all sorts over the year - running, walking, cycling, hitching lifts with parents."
She jumped out after them and began to walk to Chester, hitching lifts from passing carts and wagons.
"Locals and tourists know hitching lifts can be very dangerous.
She had met a man called David Tremlett at the gig and made her way home with him by hitching lifts.
Sixth-form students are hitching lifts with friends and neighbours or driving to school themselves rather than pay the pounds 360 a year charge for bus travel, it was claimed last night.
They have been on a whistle-stop tour through Europe, Africa and the Orient hitching lifts on planes, trains, automobiles and even animals.
Right now, Sammy's only problem is hitching lifts to Newry from his home in Maghera.
ISAIAH OSBOURNE reckons hitching lifts to training with Blackpool goalmachine Kevin Phillips isbeginning to pay off.
James will have no money, no change of clothes, no help and has no plan, just that he will make his way down the country by hitching lifts, food and overnight stays.