hitchhike

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Etymology[edit]

From hitch +‎ hike.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈhɪtʃhaɪk/
  • (file)

Verb[edit]

hitchhike (third-person singular simple present hitchhikes, present participle hitchhiking, simple past and past participle hitchhiked)

  1. To try to get a ride in a passing vehicle while standing at the side of a road, generally by either sticking out one's finger or thumb or holding a sign with one's stated destination.
  2. To be carried along with something else.
    In genetic hitchhiking, a gene is propagated because it occurs in conjunction with a favourable mutation.
    In cultural hitchhiking, a cultural trait spreads with a technologically advanced population.

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Noun[edit]

hitchhike (plural hitchhikes)

  1. (radio, advertising) Alternative form of hitchhiker (advertisement at the end of a programme)
    • 1952, Frank Emerson Andrews, Corporation Giving (page 183)
      There are just too many diseases for each to have its own special organization, complete with radio hitchhikes, sponsored ads, expensive brochures, pledge cards, team captains and collection envelopes.

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