Hitch a ride



verb phrase

To get a free ride, esp by hitchhiking (1940s+)
Also, thumb a ride. Solicit a free ride, especially by hitchhiking. For example, I’ve no car; can I hitch a ride home with you? or He was hoping to thumb a ride to the stadium. The verb hitch here alludes to walking unevenly, presumably to hop into a car or truck; raising one’s thumb is the traditional signal for stopping a car on the road. [ First half of 1900s ]

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