See also: Hitch
hitch (plural hitches)
- A sudden pull.
- Any of various knots used to attach a rope to an object other than another rope.
- A fastener or connection point, as for a trailer.
- His truck sported a heavy-duty hitch for his boat.
- (informal) A problem, delay or source of difficulty.
- The banquet went off without a hitch ― The banquet went smoothly.
- 1961 July, “Glasgow emergency - the restoration of Clydeside steam suburban services”, in Trains Illustrated, page 432:
- The service operated according to plan on the Monday morning with only a few hitches.
- A hidden or unfavorable condition or element.
- Synonym: catch
- The deal sounds too good to be true. What's the hitch?
- (military, slang) A period of time spent in the military.
- She served two hitches in Vietnam.
- 2004, June 3, Stephen J. Hedges & Mike Dorning, Chicago Tribune; Orlando Sentinel; page pg. A.1
- U.S. TROOPS FACE LONGER ARMY HITCH; SOLDIERS BOUND FOR IRAQ, ... WILL BE RETAINED
- A large Californian minnow, Lavinia exilicauda.
- (mining) A hole cut into the wall of a mine on which timbers are rested.
- 1879, William Bailes, Student's Guide to the Principles of Coal & Metal Mining, page 17:
- An upcast fault is when the seam is thrown up; to counteract this a "canch" of top stone must be taken down outbye over from the fault, and a "canch" of bottom stone taken up inbye over from the fault, then level up to the bottom of your "canch" at the foreside of the hitch outbye over until you have a regular gradient to the seam on the hitch.
- 1897, Great Britain. Mines Department, Mines and Quarries. Reports ... for the Newcastle District (No. 3) (page 32)
- A coal cutter and conveyor is used along the face, and after each cut the hitch had to be crossed at a new point.
- hitch in one's get-along
- hitch in one's giddy-up
- Magnus hitch
- midshipman's hitch
- rigger's hitch
- rolling hitch
- taut-line hitch
- tent-line hitch
Derived terms edit
many are hyponyms too (unsorted)
- adjustable hitch
- anchor hitch
- axle hitch
- Bachmann hitch
- becket hitch
- Blackwall hitch
- buntline hitch
- clove hitch
- cow hitch
- double becket hitch
- figure-eight hitch
- friction hitch
- half hitch
- hitch one's wagon to
- hitch rack
- hitch up
- Italian hitch
- killick hitch
- killock hitch
- magnus hitch
- manharness hitch
- Munter hitch
- ossel hitch
- sailor's hitch
- swab hitch
- timber hitch
- tow hitch
- trailer hitch
- trucker's hitch
- weaver's hitch
connection point for trailer
problem, delay or source of difficulty
- (transitive) To pull with a jerk.
- She hitched her jeans up and then tightened her belt.
- (transitive) To attach, tie or fasten.
- Synonyms: affix, join, put together; see also Thesaurus:join
- He hitched the bedroll to his backpack and went camping.
- 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 8, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
- Philander went into the next room, which was just a lean-to hitched on to the end of the shanty, and came back with a salt mackerel that dripped brine like a rainstorm. Then he put the coffee pot on the stove and rummaged out a loaf of dry bread and some hardtack.
- 2020 December 3, Cade Metz, Daisuke Wakabayashi, “Google Researcher Says She Was Fired Over Paper Highlighting Bias in A.I.”, in The New York Times, →ISSN:
- The company has hitched its future to artificial intelligence — whether with its voice-enabled digital assistant or its automated placement of advertising for marketers — as the breakthrough technology to make the next generation of services and devices smarter and more capable.
- (informal) To marry oneself to; especially to get hitched.
- (informal, transitive) Clipping of , to thumb a ride.
- to hitch a ride
- (intransitive) To become entangled or caught; to be linked or yoked; to unite; to cling.
- (intransitive) To move interruptedly or with halts, jerks, or steps; said of something obstructed or impeded.
- Frank’s breath hitched in his throat when he saw the knife being pointed at him.
- (intransitive, UK) To strike the legs together in going, as horses; to interfere.
- 1686, London Gazette:
- Stolen […] A brown Gelding […] all his paces, and hitches a little in his pace.
Derived terms edit
to pull with a jerk
- ^ Knots and Splices by Cyrus L Day, Adlard Coles Nautical, 2001