hitch up


1 [hich]
verb (used with object)
to fasten or tie, especially temporarily, by means of a hook, rope, strap, etc.; tether: Steve hitched the horse to one of the posts.
to harness (an animal) to a vehicle (often followed by up ).
to raise with jerks (usually followed by up ); hike up: to hitch up one's trousers.
to move or draw (something) with a jerk.
Slang. to bind by marriage vows; unite in marriage; marry: They got hitched in '79.
to catch, as on a projection; snag: He hitched his jeans on a nail and tore them.
verb (used without object)
to stick, as when caught.
to fasten oneself or itself to something (often followed by on ).
to move roughly or jerkily: The old buggy hitched along.
to hobble or limp.
the act or fact of fastening, as to something, especially temporarily.
any of various knots or loops made to attach a rope to something in such a way as to be readily loosened. Compare bend1 ( def 17 ).
Military Slang. a period of military service: a three-year hitch in the Navy.
an unexpected difficulty, obstacle, delay, etc.: a hitch in our plans for the picnic.
a hitching movement; jerk or pull.
a hitching gait; a hobble or limp.
a fastening that joins a movable tool to the mechanism that pulls it.
a fault having a throw less than the thickness of a coal seam being mined.
a notch cut in a wall or the like to hold the end of a stull or other timber.
Verb phrases
hitch up, to harness an animal to a wagon, carriage, or the like.

1400–50; 1840–50 for def 5; late Middle English hytchen, of obscure origin

hitcher, noun

1. attach, connect, hook. 2. yoke. 14. hindrance, catch, impediment.

1. loose, loosen.
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hitch (hɪtʃ)
vb (often foll by up)
1.  to fasten or become fastened with a knot or tie, esp temporarily
2.  (often foll by up) to connect (a horse, team, etc); harness
3.  to pull up (the trousers, a skirt, etc) with a quick jerk
4.  chiefly (US) (intr) to move in a halting manner: to hitch along
5.  to entangle or become entangled: the thread was hitched on the reel
6.  slang (tr; passive) to marry (esp in the phrase get hitched)
7.  informal to obtain (a ride or rides) by hitchhiking
8.  an impediment or obstacle, esp one that is temporary or minor: a hitch in the proceedings
9.  a knot for fastening a rope to posts, other ropes, etc, that can be undone by pulling against the direction of the strain that holds it
10.  a sudden jerk; tug; pull: he gave it a hitch and it came loose
11.  chiefly (US) a hobbling gait: to walk with a hitch
12.  a device used for fastening
13.  informal a ride obtained by hitchhiking
14.  slang (US), (Canadian) a period of time spent in prison, in the army, etc
[C15: of uncertain origin]

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Word Origin & History

c.1440, probably from M.E. icchen "to move as with a jerk, to stir" (c.1200). It lacks cognates in other languages. Sense of "become fastened by a hook" first recorded 1578, originally nautical; the connection with icchen may be in notion of "hitching up" pants or boots with a jerking motion. The noun
sense of "obstruction" is first recorded 1748. Military sense of "enlistment" is from 1835; verb meaning "to marry" is from 1844. Hitchhike is first attested 1923, from the notion of hitching a sled to a moving vehicle (a sense first recorded 1880) + hike.
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