American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To fasten or catch temporarily with or as if with a loop, hook, or noose.
- v. To connect or attach, as to a vehicle: hitched the horses to the sleigh.
- v. To move or raise by pulling or jerking: hitch up one's suspenders.
- v. Informal To hitchhike: hitched a ride to the rally.
- v. Slang To marry: They got hitched last month.
- v. To move haltingly; hobble.
- v. To become entangled, snarled, or fastened.
- v. Informal To hitchhike.
- n. Any of various knots used as a temporary fastening.
- n. A device used to connect one thing to another.
- n. A short jerking motion; a tug.
- n. A hobble or limp.
- n. An impediment or a delay: a hitch in our plans.
- n. A term of service, especially of military service.
- n. Informal A free ride obtained along a road.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To move by jerks or with pauses or rests; hop; hobble; halt; limp, literally or figuratively: as, to hitch along on the ground; verse that hitches.
- To be fastened, entangled, or snarled; catch.
- To strike the feet together in going; interfere, as a horse.
- To get on with another, as if in harness; work smoothly together.
- To pull up; raise by jerks.
- To fasten, especially in a temporary or occasional way; make fast; tether; tie up by means of a hook, a ring, a bridle, a rope, etc.
- Nautical, to cover with a network of twine or small cord, worked with one end.
- n. A pull or jerk upward: as, to give one's trousers a hitch.
- n. The act of catching or fastening, as on a hook, a post, etc.
- n. A halt; an impediment; a stoppage; an obstruction, especially of an unexpected and temporary nature: as, a hitch in the proceedings; a hitch in one's gait.
- n. In mining, a slight fault or dislocation.
- n. Temporary assistance; timely help: as, to lend one a hitch.
- n. Nautical, a knot or noose in a rope for making it fast to another rope or to a spar or other object: as, a clove hitch, a rolling hitch, etc.
- n. plural In whaling, the fastening of their on strap on the socket of a toggle-iron.
- To catch or dig into: said specifically of a tool that digs too deeply into a piece of work that is being cut. This action is usually due to an incorrect form of the cutting-tool, but it may be due to the fibrous structure of the material.
- In mining, to dig or pick (pockets) to receive the ends of timbers.
- n. In mining:
- n. A hole or pocket made to receive the end of a timber.
- n. The sudden stoppage of a pumping-engine.
- n. In yachting, a tack.
- n. A large chub, Lavinia exilicauda, found in the waters of California. Also chi.
- n. A sudden pull.
- n. A fastener or connection point, as for a trailer.
- n. informal A problem, delay or source of difficulty.
- n. A hidden or unfavorable condition or element; a catch.
- n. A period of time. Most often refers to time spent in the military.
- v. To pull with a jerk.
- v. To attach, tie or fasten.
- v. informal To marry, especially to get hitched.
- v. informal contraction of hitchhike, to thumb a ride.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To become entangled or caught; to be linked or yoked; to unite; to cling.
- v. To move interruptedly or with halts, jerks, or steps; -- said of something obstructed or impeded.
- v. engraving To hit the legs together in going, as horses; to interfere.
- v. To hitchhike; -- mostly used in the phrase to
- v. To hook; to catch or fasten as by a hook or a knot; to make fast, unite, or yoke.
- v. To move with hitches.
- n. A catch; anything that holds, as a hook; an impediment; an obstacle; an entanglement.
- n. The act of catching, as on a hook, etc.
- n. A stop or sudden halt; a stoppage; an impediment; a temporary obstruction; an obstacle
- n. A sudden movement or pull; a pull up.
- n. (Naut.) A knot or noose in a rope which can be readily undone; -- intended for a temporary fastening
- n. (Geol.) A small dislocation of a bed or vein.
- v. travel by getting free rides from motorists
- n. the uneven manner of walking that results from an injured leg
- v. connect to a vehicle:
- v. walk impeded by some physical limitation or injury
- v. jump vertically, with legs stiff and back arched
- n. a connection between a vehicle and the load that it pulls
- v. to hook or entangle
- n. a period of time spent in military service
- n. an unforeseen obstacle
- n. the state of inactivity following an interruption
- n. a knot that can be undone by pulling against the strain that holds it; a temporary knot
- n. any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome
- Probably from Middle English hytchen, icchen, to move, jerk. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“You've asked me about what you call my hitch, and so far as it goes she'll explain it to you.”
“One hitch is that scheduling votes on Monday night is the only way to persuade members of Congress to return to Washington and there are only so many substantive bills ready to be voted on.”
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“But the big hitch is their restriction on the content which prevents it being played beyond seven days from its original broadcast date.”
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