Pronunciation Noun

hitch (plural hitches)

  1. A sudden pull.
  2. Any of various knots used to attach a rope to an object other than another rope.
  3. A fastener or connection point, as for a trailer.
    His truck sported a heavy-duty hitch for his boat.
  4. (informal) A problem, delay or source of difficulty.
    The banquet went off without a hitch
  5. A hidden or unfavorable condition or element; a catch.
    The deal sounds too good to be true. What's the hitch?
  6. (military, slang) A period of time spent in the military.
    She served two hitches in Vietnam.
    • 2004, June 3, Stephen J. Hedges & Mike Dorning, Chicago Tribune; Orlando Sentinel; page pg. A.1
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hitch (hitches, present participle hitching; past and past participle hitched)

  1. (transitive) To pull with a jerk.
    She hitched her jeans up and then tightened her belt.
  2. (transitive) To attach, tie or fasten.
    He hitched the bedroll to his backpack and went camping.
  3. (informal) To marry oneself to; especially to get hitched.
  4. (informal, transitive) contraction of hitchhike, to thumb a ride.
    to hitch a ride
  5. (intransitive) To become entangled or caught; to be linked or yoked; to unite; to cling.
    • atoms […] which at length hitched together
  6. (intransitive) To move interruptedly or with halts, jerks, or steps; said of something obstructed or impeded.
    • 1733-1738, Alexander Pope, Imitations of Horace:
      Slides into verse, and hitches in a rhyme.
    • To ease themselves […] by hitching into another place.
  7. (UK) To strike the legs together in going, as horses; to interfere.
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Proper noun
  1. Surname
Proper noun
  1. (informal) Alfred Hitchcock

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