Thumb lifts - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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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.
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.
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I stopped and told her she shouldn't thumb lifts
then offered to run her home," he said.
Even more bizarrely, the blokes who used to thumb lifts
carrying trade number plates have also gone.
I'm only hoping we won't have to thumb lifts
to our remaining away fixtures.