hitchhike

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verb hitch·hike \ ˈhich-ˌhīk \

Definition of hitchhike

intransitive verb
1 :to travel by securing free rides from passing vehicles
2 :to be carried or transported by chance or unintentionally
  • destructive insects hitchhiking on ships
transitive verb
:to solicit and obtain (a free ride) especially in a passing vehicle

hitchhiker

noun

Examples of hitchhike in a Sentence

  1. Her car broke down, so she had to hitchhike back home.

  2. He hitchhiked his way across the country last summer.

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First Known Use of hitchhike

1923

hitchhike Synonyms

Synonyms
hitch, thumb
Related Words
bum; stow away; carjack, hijack (also highjack)

HITCHHIKE Defined for English Language Learners

hitchhike

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verb

Definition of hitchhike for English Language Learners

  • : to get a ride in a passing vehicle by holding out your arm with your thumb up as you stand on the side of the road


HITCHHIKE Defined for Kids

hitchhike

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verb hitch·hike \ ˈhich-ˌhīk \

Definition of hitchhike for Students

hitchhiked; hitchhiking
:to travel by getting free rides in passing vehicles

hitchhiker

noun


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