hitch

A hitch is an obstacle or hindrance. You might be late because of a last minute hitch, like waiting for a family of ducks to cross the road. If things go well, they go off without a hitch.

The word hitch has a gazillion meanings — it’s a hook, a limp, short for hitchhiking, slang for getting married — but the most common meaning is that a hitch is a little problem. If you’ve packed a picnic and then it rains, the weather is a hitch in your plans. Hitches include hang-ups, snafus, impediments, and other things that interfere. Often this term is used in the phrase "without a hitch" for things that go smoothly.

Primary Meanings of hitch

1.
vn
hook or entangle
a connection between a vehicle and the load that it pulls
2.
n
a period of time spent in military service
3.
v
travel by getting free rides from motorists
4.
vn
walk impeded by some physical limitation or injury
the uneven manner of walking that results from an injured leg
5.
n
an unforeseen obstacle
6.
v
jump vertically, with legs stiff and back arched
Full Definitions of hitch
1

v hook or entangle

Synonyms:
catch
catch
cause to become accidentally or suddenly caught, ensnared, or entangled
Antonyms:
unhitch
unfasten or release from or as if from a hitch
Types:
snag
catch on a snag
Type of:
attach
cause to be attached

v connect to a vehicle: "hitch the trailer to the car"

Type of:
connect, link, link up, tie
connect, fasten, or put together two or more pieces

n a connection between a vehicle and the load that it pulls

Type of:
connecter, connection, connective, connector, connexion
an instrumentality that connects

n a knot that can be undone by pulling against the strain that holds it; a temporary knot

Types:
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Blackwall hitch
a simple hitch used for temporarily attaching a line to a hook
cat's-paw
a hitch in the middle of rope that has two eyes into which tackle can be hooked
rolling hitch
a hitch for fastening a line to a spar or another rope
becket bend, sheet bend, weaver's hitch, weaver's knot
a hitch used for temporarily tying a rope to the middle of another rope (or to an eye)
timber hitch
a hitch used to secure a rope to a log or spar; often supplemented by a half hitch
magnus hitch
a rolling hitch similar to a clove hitch
Type of:
knot
any of various fastenings formed by looping and tying a rope (or cord) upon itself or to another rope or to another object
2

n a period of time spent in military service

3

v travel by getting free rides from motorists

Synonyms:
hitchhike, thumb
Type of:
ride
be carried or travel on or in a vehicle
4

v walk impeded by some physical limitation or injury

Synonyms:
gimp, hobble, limp
Type of:
walk
use one's feet to advance; advance by steps

n the uneven manner of walking that results from an injured leg

Synonyms:
hobble, limp
Type of:
gait
a person's manner of walking
5

n an unforeseen obstacle

Synonyms:
hang-up, rub, snag
Type of:
obstacle, obstruction
something immaterial that stands in the way and must be circumvented or surmounted

n any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome

Synonyms:
encumbrance, hinderance, hindrance, incumbrance, interference, preventative, preventive
Types:
clog
any object that acts as a hindrance or obstruction
speed bump
a hindrance to speeding created by a crosswise ridge in the surface of a roadway
Type of:
impediment, impedimenta, obstructer, obstruction, obstructor
any structure that makes progress difficult

n the state of inactivity following an interruption

Synonyms:
arrest, check, halt, stay, stop, stoppage
Types:
countercheck
a check that restrains another check
logjam
any stoppage attributable to unusual activity
Type of:
inaction, inactiveness, inactivity
the state of being inactive
6

v jump vertically, with legs stiff and back arched

Synonyms:
buck, jerk
Type of:
move
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

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