Etymology
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hitchhike

1921 (n.), 1923 (v.), from hitch (v.), from the notion of hitching a sled, etc. to a moving vehicle (a sense first recorded 1880) + hike (n.). Related: Hitchhiked; hitchhiking. Hitchhiker attested from 1927.

updated on July 18, 2015

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Definitions of hitchhike from WordNet

hitchhike (v.)
travel by getting free rides from motorists;
Synonyms: hitch / thumb
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