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.

Definitions of hitch
  1. verb
    hook or entangle
    synonyms: catch
    cause to become accidentally or suddenly caught, ensnared, or entangled
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    unfasten or release from or as if from a hitch
    catch on a snag
    type of:
    cause to be attached
  2. verb
    connect to a vehicle: "hitch the trailer to the car"
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    type of:
    connect, link, link up, tie
    connect, fasten, or put together two or more pieces
  3. noun
    a connection between a vehicle and the load that it pulls
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    type of:
    connecter, connection, connective, connector, connexion
    an instrumentality that connects
  4. noun
    a knot that can be undone by pulling against the strain that holds it; a temporary knot
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    Blackwall hitch
    a simple hitch used for temporarily attaching a line to a hook
    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
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    any of various fastenings formed by looping and tying a rope (or cord) upon itself or to another rope or to another object
  5. noun
    a period of time spent in military service
  6. verb
    travel by getting free rides from motorists
    synonyms: hitchhike, thumb
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    be carried or travel on or in a vehicle
  7. verb
    walk impeded by some physical limitation or injury
    synonyms: gimp, hobble, limp
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    use one's feet to advance; advance by steps
  8. noun
    the uneven manner of walking that results from an injured leg
    synonyms: hobble, limp
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    a person's manner of walking
  9. noun
    an unforeseen obstacle
    synonyms: hang-up, rub, snag
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    obstacle, obstruction
    something immaterial that stands in the way and must be circumvented or surmounted
  10. noun
    any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome
    synonyms: encumbrance, hinderance, hindrance, incumbrance, interference, preventative, preventive
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    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
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    impediment, impedimenta, obstructer, obstruction, obstructor
    any structure that makes progress difficult
  11. noun
    the state of inactivity following an interruption
    synonyms: arrest, check, halt, stay, stop, stoppage
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    a check that restrains another check
    any stoppage attributable to unusual activity
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    inaction, inactiveness, inactivity
    the state of being inactive
  12. verb
    jump vertically, with legs stiff and back arched
    synonyms: buck, jerk
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    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
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