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Dictionary Definition



1 a period of time spent in military service [syn: 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" [syn: arrest, check, halt, stay, stop, stoppage]
3 an unforeseen obstacle [syn: 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 [syn: hindrance, preventive, preventative, encumbrance, incumbrance, interference]
7 the uneven manner of walking that results from an injured leg [syn: hobble, limp]


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

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. A sudden pull.
  2. A noose or knot as used by sailors.
    A knot used to secure a line to a spar, ring, post or the like (Knots and Splices by Cyrus L Day, Adlard Coles Nautical, 2001)
  3. A fastener or connection point, as for a trailer.
    His truck sported a heavy-duty hitch for his boat.
  4. A problem, delay or source of difficulty.
    The banquet went off without a hitch. (Meaning the banquet went smoothly.)
  5. A hidden or unfavorable condition or element; a catch.
    The deal sounds too good to be true. What's the hitch?
  6. A term generally referring to a period of time in which a person works offshore before returning back to mainland.
    He just came back home from his 14 day hitch offshore.

Derived terms


connection point for trailer
hidden catch


  1. To pull with a jerk.
    She hitched her jeans up and then tightend her belt.
  2. To attach, tie or fasten.
    He hitched the bedroll to his backpack and went camping.
  3. To marry, especially to get hitched.
  4. contraction of hitchhike, to thumb a ride.

Extensive Definition

Hitch may refer to
  • Hitch knot, a knot used to attach a rope to a fixed object.
  • Tow hitch, a construction on a truck or car to attach a trailer.
  • Hitch, Lavinia exilicauda, a minnow endemic to California.
  • Hitch (film), a movie released in February 2005 starring Will Smith.
  • Hitchhiking, a form of travel in which the traveller tries to get a lift (ride) from another traveller, usually a car or truck driver.
  • Geier Hitch, rope technique used to control a bull
  • Marriage (as in "getting hitched")
  • A problem (as in "we've got a hitch with the delivery")

See also

hitch in German: Hitch
hitch in French: Hitch

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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