hitch·​hike | \ ˈhich-ˌhīk How to pronounce hitchhike (audio) \
hitchhiked; hitchhiking; hitchhikes

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

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Examples of hitchhike in a Sentence

Her car broke down, so she had to hitchhike back home. He hitchhiked his way across the country last summer.
Recent Examples on the Web Mitchell was preparing for an armed robbery, and the two decided to hitchhike back to the Navajo reservation, according to court documents. Justin L. Mack, The Indianapolis Star, "'I have waited 19 years to get justice': Lezmond Mitchell executed inside federal prison in Terre Haute," 26 Aug. 2020 Mitchell was preparing for an armed robbery, and the two decided to hitchhike back to the Navajo reservation, according to court documents. Justin L. Mack, USA TODAY, "Navajo man executed inside federal prison over tribal leaders’ objections," 26 Aug. 2020 Their politics are just one expression of that basic temperament—a temperament that might push them to live in polyglot cities, to hitchhike across Europe, to watch foreign-language films. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "We’re Not Polarized Enough," 19 May 2020 Over the Cuckoo's Nest in 1975—but perhaps its biggest legacy is that scene in which Colbert flashes her leg while hitchhiking. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Road Trip Movies," 25 Mar. 2020 In one case described by Thompson, a 17-year-old girl was raped by a truck driver in 1997 while hitchhiking to Cleveland. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, "Ohio senators hear testimony on bill that would eliminate statute of limitations on rape," 19 Feb. 2020 But one obvious concern is that the coronavirus will hitchhike into these areas along with the cottagers. Ian Austen, New York Times, "What Coronavirus Means for Going to the Lake," 15 May 2020 Clay Bennett, the political cartoonist for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, recently rendered the Grim Reaper hitchhiking its way to a reopening Georgia. Washington Post, "The Grim Reaper shows up often in pandemic cartoons — whether to provoke or provide dark humor," 6 May 2020 In April 1992, McCandless hitchhiked to Alaska, where a man dropped him off at the head of the Stampede Trail, according to the book. Alicia Lee And Pierre Meilhan, CNN, "Five hikers rescued on their way back from 'Into the Wild' bus in Alaska," 24 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of hitchhike

1923, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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“Hitchhike.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hitchhike. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of hitchhike

: 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


hitch·​hike | \ ˈhich-ˌhīk How to pronounce hitchhike (audio) \
hitchhiked; hitchhiking

Kids Definition of hitchhike

: to travel by getting free rides in passing vehicles

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