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hike

[hahyk] /haɪk/
verb (used without object), hiked, hiking.
1.
to walk or march a great distance, especially through rural areas, for pleasure, exercise, military training, or the like.
2.
to move up or rise, as out of place or position (often followed by up):
My shirt hikes up if I don't wear a belt.
3.
Nautical. to hold oneself outboard on the windward side of a heeling sailboat to reduce the amount of heel.
verb (used with object), hiked, hiking.
4.
to move, draw, or raise with a jerk (often followed by up):
to hike up one's socks.
5.
to increase, often sharply and unexpectedly:
to hike the price of milk.
noun
6.
a long walk or march for recreational activity, military training, or the like.
7.
an increase or rise, often sharp and unexpected:
a hike in wages.
Idioms
8.
take a hike, Slang. to go away because one's company is not desired.
Origin
1800-1810
1800-10; perhaps dialectal variant of hitch1
Related forms
hiker, noun
Synonyms
1. tramp, ramble, trek, trudge, backpack.
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Examples for hike
  • One study suggested people learned better after a nature walk than a city hike, a proposition for which plenty of evidence exists.
  • Everyone attending the walk should be aware of the demanding nature of this hike and be properly equipped.
  • They watch five people hike along a track bordered by a ravine.
  • And the cake maker will have an economic motivation to complicate his cakes and hike his prices.
  • The hike is a steep climb up the side of a volcanic cone.
  • The scare propaganda gets weaker with each yearly double-digit premium hike.
  • Some people get really creative with the stamps that they make and the stories they tell via the series of stamps along a hike.
  • As tuitions hike upwards it would be better to improve the faculty rather then build it based on bed partnerships.
  • After only a three hour drive and a mild hike, you will have the chance to photograph the actual trees which were sampled.
  • After breakfast you can rummage through collections of dinosaur bones, go bird-watching, or hike in the hills.
British Dictionary definitions for hike

hike

/haɪk/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to walk a long way, usually for pleasure or exercise, esp in the country
2.
(usually foll by up) to pull or be pulled; hitch
3.
(transitive) to increase (a price)
noun
4.
a long walk
5.
a rise in prices, wages, etc
Derived Forms
hiker, noun
Word Origin
C18: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for hike
v.

1809, hyke "to walk vigorously," an English dialectal word of unknown origin. A yike from 1736 answers to the sense.

HIKE, v. to go away. It is generally used in a contemptuous sense. Ex. "Come, hike," i.e. take yourself off; begone. [Rev. Robert Forby, "The Vocabulary of East Anglia," London, 1830]
Sense of "pull up" (as pants) first recorded 1873 in American English, and may be a variant of hitch; extended sense of "raise" (as wages) is 1867. Related: Hiked; hiking. The noun is from 1865.

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Slang definitions & phrases for hike

hike

noun

: The government got a big tax hike

verb
  1. To raise; increase; boost: They won't hike our wages this year (1867+)
  2. hike a check
Related Terms

take a hike

[fr mid-1800s term hike up, ''go or raise up,'' related to hoick of the same meaning, both probably fr the asi dialectal sense ''go, go about'']


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Idioms and Phrases with hike
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Encyclopedia Article for hike

heka

in ancient Egyptian religion, the personification of one of the attributes of the creator god Re-Atum; the term is usually translated as "magic," or "magical power," though its exact meaning pertains to cult practice as well. Heka was believed to accompany Re in his solar boat on its daily trip across the heavens; it could also be given to and used by common men. The Egyptians believed that heka was the primordial force present at the creation of the world, that it could be summoned up during the observance of religious ritual, and that its chief function was the preservation of the natural world order

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