to thumb a ride

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - thumb a ride

"to thumb a ride"

to stand at the side of a road and raise your thumb in the air to indicate that you are asking for a ride


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - thumb a ride

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Well, our car has broken down in the middle of nowhere. What are we going to do now?

Friend 2:  We are going to hope that a car comes along and then we can thumb a ride.

Friend 1:  Seriously?  We are going to hitchhike and accept a ride from a total stranger?

Friend 2:  Do we have an alternative?

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - thumb a ride

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I met the most interesting man the other day. He is a musician and he spends his life hitchhiking from town to town. He plays his music wherever he can.

Friend 2:  Sounds interesting. I can't imagine thumbing so many rides, though. I wonder if he ever gets into trouble?

Friend 1:  He told me that he has had nothing but good experiences.

to thumb a ride - Usage:


to thumb a ride - Gerund Form:

Thumbing a ride could be dangerous as you do not know the person offering the ride.

to thumb a ride - Examples:

1)  Or, in my case, missing a bus in rural Spain and having to thumb a ride.

2)  In Cuba, hitchhiking is known as hacer botella, or "doing the bottle," because the way people hold their hand to thumb a ride is similar to the ...

3)  ... another victim of Mr. Matthew, the night of Oct. 17, 2009, as she stood alone and obviously intoxicated trying to thumb a ride from a concert, ...

4)  ... fresh-faced traveler Jack (Andrew Simpson) can't rely on his trustworthy looks to successfully thumb a ride back to his home ...

5)  The fearless foursome were forced to thumb a ride from the side of a busy dual carriageway when the cab they were in broke down just before ...

6)  ... and Zahedi were visiting a beach house owned by Andy Warhol in Montauk, New York, when she suggested that they thumb a ride into town.

7)  What can a man do when he ain't got a car, and he can't be bothered with public transport? Thumb a ride, of course.

8)  A through-hiker walking the Appalachian Trail exited the James River Foot Bridge into a parking lot looking to thumb a ride to the next trailhead, ...

9)  And don't be surprised if Carroll uses that arm to pitch in a game one moment and then to thumb a ride home the next, since his car was stolen ...

10)  “I couldn't afford a bus ticket so I'd get on the road and thumb a ride,” he said.

11)  My travelling life has been frequently interrupted by officials ordering me not to hitch-hike, so to be instructed to thumb a ride over the border by ...

12)  I thumb a ride from the airport to downtown with Tara Kregar, ...

13)  On weekends, area residents could thumb a ride into Gardiner or Reedsport from their docks along the river.

14)  Trying to thumb a ride at the corner of Yonge and Dundas. Escaping a city can be extremely difficult as a hitchhiker, and it's always easier to get ...

15)  He decided to walk to town, perhaps thumb a ride. While standing alongside the road, he was hit by a car.

16)  On the weekends I would thumb a ride into the mountains and hope to find a female hiking partner.

17)  Jimmy played baseball all afternoon and didn't feel like walking home so he decided to thumb a ride.

18)  Hitchhikers thumb a ride, but some Western media consider the ... with terrorists kidnapping three Israeli youth trying to thumb a ride home.

19)  He later told me he thumbed a ride to Auburn and he'd thumb a ride home to visit.

20)  We tried to thumb a ride, but who'd pick up two soaking wet tramps in old clothes at three in the morning?