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Definition of 'hitch'


  1. a period of time spent in military service
       Synonyms: enlistment term of enlistment tour of duty duty tour tour
  2. the state of inactivity following an interruption; "the negotiations were in arrest"; "held them in check"; "during the halt he got some lunch"; "the momentary stay enabled him to escape the blow"; "he spent the entire stop in his seat"
       Synonyms: arrest check halt stay stop stoppage
  3. an unforeseen obstacle
       Synonyms: hang-up rub snag
  4. a connection between a vehicle and the load that it pulls
  5. a knot that can be undone by pulling against the strain that holds it
  6. any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome
       Synonyms: hindrance hinderance preventive preventative encumbrance incumbrance interference
  7. the uneven manner of walking that results from an injured leg
       Synonyms: hobble limp


  1. to hook or entangle; "One foot caught in the stirrup"
       Synonyms: catch
       Antonyms: unhitch
  2. walk impeded by some physical limitation or injury; "The old woman hobbles down to the store every day"
       Synonyms: limp gimp hobble
  3. jump vertically, with legs stiff and back arched; "the yung filly bucked"
       Synonyms: buck jerk
  4. travel by getting free rides from motorists
       Synonyms: hitchhike thumb
  5. connect to a vehicle: "hitch the trailer to the car"

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