from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To travel by soliciting free rides along a road.
  • transitive v. To solicit or get (a free ride) along a road.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To try to get a ride in a passing vehicle while standing at the side of a road. Generally by either sticking out one's finger or thumb or holding a sign with one's stated destination.
  • v. To be carried along with something else, for example Genetic Hitchhiking where a gene is propagated because it occurs in conjunction with a favourable mutation, or Cultural Hitchhiking where a cultural trait spreads with a technologically advanced population.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To travel by getting free rides from passing vehicles.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. travel by getting free rides from motorists


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  • As the Enterprise was far faster than Dare's ships, he and his gang requested that they be allowed to "hitchhike" the rest of the way.

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  • If one of these genes if highly beneficial whereas the other is mildly deleterious (harmful), the deleterious gene can "hitchhike" with its buddy and increase in frequency even though it will lead to the increase in frequency of a maladaptive trait.


  • Encourage everyone to think of ways to draw from or "hitchhike" on others 'ideas.

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  • Fairy wren males "hitchhike" their responses so closely on the end of the butcherbird's call that it sounds almost like a duet.

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  • I believe that Borchard may be gesturing toward one possible mechanism by which depression is genetically conserved: not by virtue of its adaptive value, but by virtue of depression's ability to "hitchhike" along -- as a spandrel -- with a sensitive, altruistic, and compassionate nature: traits that are indeed adaptive, in many social contexts.

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  • However, sometimes deleterious traits also "hitchhike" along with the desired traits as a result of inbreeding.

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  • When these items are moved, the moth eggs "hitchhike" along like a wandering gypsy.

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  • Aquatic invaders are easily, and often inadvertently, spread from lake to lake when plant fragments "hitchhike" on boat bottoms, propellers, paddles, clothing or waders.

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  • "hitchhike" along with the desired traits as a result of inbreeding.

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  • Most cars going through the tunnel in both directions only had 1 or 2 passengers - so plenty of capacity to "hitchhike" through. "

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