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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.
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 RECKLESS hitchhiker risked his life when he stood in the middle of a busy motorway thumbing a lift.
Just 1% of drivers have hitched themselves in the last year and only 1% said they were "very likely" to stop for someone thumbing a lift.
Simon and Andrew with hitch-hiking sign in Arabic Andrew tries his luck at thumbing a lift on the main road in Bamako, Mali.
Factory worker Pat went missing after thumbing a lift home to Dumfries with pal Hazel Campbell, 19, on February 19, 1967.