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 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.
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.