English version

thumb a lift

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishthumb a liftthumb a liftBritish English, thumb a ride American English informalTTC to persuade a driver of a passing car to stop and take you somewhere, by putting your hand out with your thumb raised I thumbed a lift into town. thumb
Examples from the Corpus
thumb a liftLuke Bouverie missed the last bus out of Woodborough to Loxford, so he thumbed a lift.Two or three cars passed me and I tried to thumb a lift, but they didn't stop.You try to thumb a lift from the cars as they approach from either direction, sweeping you with their headlights.
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