thumb a lift

thumb a lift

To hitchhike. (Done by putting one's thumb in the air in order to signal passing cars that one is looking for a ride.) I spent the summer thumbing lifts along the west coast. We didn't have any money for a taxi, so we had to thumb a life home.
See also: lift, thumb

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 Central Motorway Policing Group spokeswoman said: "This guy was just trying to thumb a lift to Liverpool and we advised him via an interpreter.
A poll of 16,850 AA members showed that numbers who ignore travellers trying to thumb a lift has risen from 75 per cent to 91 per cent in two years, reports the Daily Express.
It went on all night and the girls decided to thumb a lift home the next morning.
She decided to try to hitch but was ignored for 40 minutes as she stood by the roadside trying to thumb a lift in her wedding dress.