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Get hitched

  • Get hitched is an idiom that has been in use since at least the 1800s. An idiom is a word, group of words or phrase that has a figurative meaning that is not easily deduced from its literal definition. Often using descriptive imagery, common idioms are words and phrases used in the English language in order to convey a concise idea, and are often spoken or are considered informal or conversational. English idioms can illustrate emotion more quickly than a phrase that has a literal meaning, even when the etymology or origin of the idiomatic expression is lost. An idiom is a metaphorical figure of speech, and it is understood that it is not a use of literal language. Figures of speech have definitions and connotations that go beyond the literal meaning of the words. Mastery of the turn of phrase of an idiom or other parts of speech is essential for the English learner. Many English as a Second Language students do not understand idiomatic expressions such as in a blue moon, spill the beans, let the cat out of the bag, chin up, on the ball, barking up the wrong tree, kick the bucket, hit the nail on the head, under the weather, piece of cake, when pigs fly, and raining cats and dogs, as they attempt to translate them word for word, which yields only the literal meaning. In addition to learning vocabulary and grammar, one must understand the phrasing of the figurative language of idiomatic phrases in order to know English like a native speaker. We will examine the meaning of the idiom get hitched, where it came from, and some examples of its use in sentences.



     

    To get hitched means to get married. The idiom get hitched is unique to America, and came into use in the mid-1800s. The expression get hitched compares getting married to teaming a pair of horses to pull a wagon or farm implement. The phrase get hitched is not an insult to the people in question, it is a testament to their compatibility. Farmers only hitched teams of horses who had matched temperaments or whose temperaments complemented each other’s. Though working horses are much rarer today than in the 1800s and most people do not commonly come into contact with the animals, the idiom get hitched is more popular today than ever. Related phrases are gets hitched, got hitched, gotten hitched, getting hitched.

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    Examples

    Of course, those interested in getting hitched during this special day should note anniversaries will only be celebrated every four years. (Toronto Sun)

    The 38-year-old Today host was chatting with her co-host Hoda Kotb on the fourth hour of the morning show when she admitted that she was in her early 20s and head over heels in love with Henry when she suggested they get hitched. (The Daily Mail)

    And while Dolores and Principe have been an item for several years, any potential for the duo getting hitched is not in the cards for Catania. (The New York Post)


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