hitch up


hitched up; hitching up; hitches up

intransitive verb

: to hitch a draft animal or team to a vehicle

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was kind of hitching up its pants to get on a regular schedule, and for a few years thereafter the ceremony was held in November. Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times, 8 Mar. 2023 Heck, the Volvo even tows 3300 pounds, so hitch up that Boston Whaler and leave the SUV at home. Aaron Kiley, Car and Driver, 3 Jan. 2023 Every winter, all winter long, Ma and Pa hitch up the sleighs and take visitors through the woods and out in the field and then back to the cabin for a warm fire, Ma’s cookies, hot cocoa, and maple coffee. Joey Morona, cleveland, 23 Nov. 2022 Other ambitious self-starters will counsel you to hitch up your trousers and keep at it. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 17 Oct. 2022 Other ambitious self-starters will counsel you to hitch up your trousers and keep at it. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, 17 Oct. 2022 What if Oregon and Washington were to hitch up with the Big 12? Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 July 2022 Even an empty utility trailer is heavy enough to present problems moving by hand, and no one likes to hitch up to the truck just to move a few feet. The Editors, Outdoor Life, 4 Nov. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1817, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hitch up was in 1817

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“Hitch up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hitch%20up. Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

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