take a hike


verb (used without object), hiked, hiking.
to walk or march a great distance, especially through rural areas, for pleasure, exercise, military training, or the like.
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.
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.
to move, draw, or raise with a jerk (often followed by up ): to hike up one's socks.
to increase, often sharply and unexpectedly: to hike the price of milk.
a long walk or march for recreational activity, military training, or the like.
an increase or rise, often sharp and unexpected: a hike in wages.
take a hike, Slang. to go away because one's company is not desired.

1800–10; perhaps dialectal variant of hitch1

hiker, noun

1. tramp, ramble, trek, trudge, backpack.
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hike (haɪk)
1.  (intr) 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.  (tr) to increase (a price)
4.  a long walk
5.  a rise in prices, wages, etc
[C18: of uncertain origin]

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Word Origin & History

1809, Eng. dial. hyke "to walk vigorously," of unknown origin. The noun is from 1865. Sense of "pull up" (as pants) first recorded 1873 in Amer.Eng., and may be a variant of hitch; extended sense of "raise" (as wages) is 1867.
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Idioms & Phrases

take a hike

Go hiking; also, go away. For example, We asked Jim to take a hike with us but he didn't want to, or I've had enough of youtake a hike! The latter usage is a slangy imperative. Also see take a walk.

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