thumb a ride

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thumb a ride

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 rides along the west coast. We didn't have any money for a taxi, so we had to thumb a life home.
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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.
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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
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My thumb rides right in line with the slide stop lever.
With the 1911 380's reduced size, when my thumb rides the safety, it overlaps right onto the slide release, pushing it down.
Christensen, a former sheriffs deputy, argues hitchhiking is cheap and practical, especially in his district, which includes Teton Pass, where cyclists and backcountry skiers often thumb rides up.
In that position, my thumb rides on the slide-stop lever, keeping it from locking open.
With a 1911-style pistol the thumb rides the thumb safety.
If you shoot with an IPSC-competition shooting grip (thumbs pointed forward at the target), your offhand thumb rides naturally over the laser button.
45 Kahr is just enough larger I can use a straight thumb position and not tear up my thumb on that sharp slide stop lever, since the thumb rides below it.