hitch (plural hitches)
- A sudden pull.
- Any of various knots used to attach a rope to an object other than another rope . See List of hitch knots in Wikipedia.
- 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. (Meaning the banquet went smoothly.)
- A hidden or unfavorable condition or element; a catch.
- The deal sounds too good to be true. What's the hitch?
- A period of time. Most often refers to time spent in the military.
- She served two hitches in Vietnam.
- U.S. TROOPS FACE LONGER ARMY HITCH ; SOLDIERS BOUND FOR IRAQ, ... WILL BE RETAINED
- Stephen J. Hedges & Mike Dorning, Chicago Tribune; Orlando Sentinel; Jun 3, 2004; pg. A.1;
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.
- He hitched the bedroll to his backpack and went camping.
1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 8, 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.
- (informal) To marry oneself to; especially to get hitched.
- (informal, transitive) contraction of hitchhike, to thumb a ride.
- to hitch a ride
- (intransitive) To become entangled or caught; to be linked or yoked; to unite; to cling.
- atoms […] which at length hitched together
- (intransitive) To move interruptedly or with halts, jerks, or steps; said of something obstructed or impeded.
- Alexander Pope
- Slides into verse, and hitches in a rhyme.
- To ease themselves […] by hitching into another place.
- Alexander Pope
- (Britain) To strike the legs together in going, as horses; to interfere.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Halliwell to this entry?)
- ^ Knots and Splices by Cyrus L Day, Adlard Coles Nautical, 2001