hitchhike

[hich-hahyk]
verb (used without object), hitchhiked, hitchhiking.
1.
to travel by standing on the side of the road and soliciting rides from passing vehicles.
verb (used with object), hitchhiked, hitchhiking.
2.
to ask for or get (a ride) by hitchhiking.
noun
3.
an act or instance of hitchhiking.

Origin:
1920–25, Americanism; hitch1 + hike

hitchhiker, noun
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hitchhike (ˈhɪtʃˌhaɪk)
 
vb
(intr) to travel by obtaining free lifts in motor vehicles
 
'hitchhiker
 
n

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Example sentences
Because plants don't have that option, they must somehow hitchhike.
Children should never hitchhike or approach a car when they don t know and
  trust the driver.
Pets should be checked on a regular basis, as ticks can hitchhike and thus be
  moved considerable distances.
These mussels easily hitchhike on boats and are spread by unsuspecting boat
  owners.
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