from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- By jerks; unevenly.
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Lucy says that things go more hitchily the first year than ever they do afterwards, and that people love each other better and better just because they've got used to it.
The affair had been going very hitchily ever since they started, with the burden of the conversation left to the two men and that helpless girl; if it were not to be altogether a failure she must interfere. "