Master Crang hitched up his trousers, and seemed ready to be off again.
I said to the family, 'There go the Ammons girls,' so I hitched up and started.
I felt as a colt must feel when it's first hitched up with bit and bridle.
Higgs flung himself upon it, and was hitched up like a sack of flour.
She likes the matrimonial harness, but doesn't like to be hitched up with a man who is strapped.
The policeman squared his shoulders and hitched up his belt.
Then, he hitched up his white goatskin chaps and looked into the face of his questioner and smiled.
Were not her skirts but just now hitched up with an under-tuck, and fastened with a string?
There I bought two fine mules at three hundred dollars each, and we hitched up and started for the Coaumnes River.
Ricardo hitched up his chair and settled his elbow afresh on the table.
mid-15c., probably from Middle English icchen "to move as with a jerk, to stir" (c.1200). It lacks cognates in other languages. The connection with icchen may be in notion of "hitching up" pants or boots with a jerking motion. Sense of "become fastened," especially by a hook, first recorded 1570s, originally nautical. Meaning "to marry" is from 1844 (to hitch horses together "get along well," especially of married couples, is from 1837, American English). Short for hitchhike (v.) by 1931. Related: Hitched; hitching.
1660s, "a limp or hobble;" 1670s, "an abrupt movement," from hitch (v.). Meaning "a means by which a rope is made fast" is from 1769, nautical. The sense of "obstruction" is first recorded 1748; military sense of "enlistment" is from 1835.