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hitch (plural hitches)
- A sudden pull.
- Any of various knots used to attach a rope to an object other than another rope.
- A fastener or connection point, as for a trailer.
- His truck sported a heavy-duty hitch for his boat.
- (informal) A problem, delay or source of difficulty.
- The banquet went off without a hitch ― The banquet went smoothly.
- 1961 July, “Glasgow emergency - the restoration of Clydeside steam suburban services”, in Trains Illustrated, page 432:
- The service operated according to plan on the Monday morning with only a few hitches.
- A hidden or unfavorable condition or element.
- Synonym: catch
- The deal sounds too good to be true. What's the hitch?
- (military, slang) A period of time spent in the military.
- She served two hitches in Vietnam.
- 2004, June 3, Stephen J. Hedges & Mike Dorning, Chicago Tribune; Orlando Sentinel; page pg. A.1
- U.S. TROOPS FACE LONGER ARMY HITCH; SOLDIERS BOUND FOR IRAQ, ... WILL BE RETAINED
connection point for trailer
problem, delay or source of difficulty
- (transitive) To pull with a jerk.
- She hitched her jeans up and then tightened her belt.
- (transitive) To attach, tie or fasten.
- Synonyms: affix, join, put together; see also Thesaurus:join
- He hitched the bedroll to his backpack and went camping.
- 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 8, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
- Philander went into the next room, which was just a lean-to hitched on to the end of the shanty, and came back with a salt mackerel that dripped brine like a rainstorm. Then he put the coffee pot on the stove and rummaged out a loaf of dry bread and some hardtack.
- 2020 December 3, Cade Metz; Daisuke Wakabayashi, “Google Researcher Says She Was Fired Over Paper Highlighting Bias in A.I.”, in The New York Times, ISSN 0362-4331:
- The company has hitched its future to artificial intelligence — whether with its voice-enabled digital assistant or its automated placement of advertising for marketers — as the breakthrough technology to make the next generation of services and devices smarter and more capable.
- (informal) To marry oneself to; especially to get hitched.
- (informal, transitive) Clipping of , to thumb a ride.
- to hitch a ride
- (intransitive) To become entangled or caught; to be linked or yoked; to unite; to cling.
- 1698, Robert South, Twelve Sermons upon Several Subjects and Occasions:
- atoms […] which at length hitched together
- (intransitive) To move interruptedly or with halts, jerks, or steps; said of something obstructed or impeded.
- 1733-1738, Alexander Pope, Imitations of Horace:
- Slides into verse, and hitches in a rhyme.
- 1655, Thomas Fuller, James Nichols, editor, The Church History of Britain, […], volume (please specify |volume=I to III), new edition, London: […] [James Nichols] for Thomas Tegg and Son, […], published 1837, OCLC 913056315:
- To ease themselves […] by hitching into another place.
- (Britain) To strike the legs together in going, as horses; to interfere.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Halliwell to this entry?)
- ^ Knots and Splices by Cyrus L Day, Adlard Coles Nautical, 2001