Get hitched

Get hitched is an idiom that has been in use since at least the 1800s. 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.

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)