To try to get a ride in a passing vehicle while standing at the side of a road. Generally by either sticking out one's finger or thumb or holding a sign with one's stated destination.
To be carried along with something else, for example Genetic Hitchhiking where a gene is propagated because it occurs in conjunction with a favourable mutation, or Cultural Hitchhiking where a cultural trait spreads with a technologically advanced population.
* hitch a ride
* thumb a lift (UK )
* thumb a ride (US )
(pejorative) A homeless person, a vagabond.
(pejorative) A disreputable, promiscuous woman; a slut.
- She was frankly disappointed. For some reason she had thought to discover a burglar of one or another accepted type—either a dashing cracksman in full-blown evening dress, lithe, polished, pantherish, or a common yegg, a red-eyed, unshaven burly brute in the rags and tatters of a tramp .
- "I can't believe you'd let yourself be seen with that tramp ."
Any ship which does not have a fixed schedule or published ports of call.
* 1888 , (Robert Louis Stevenson), :
- "Claudia is such a tramp ; making out with all those men when she has a boyfriend."
* 1919 , Charles Fort, :
- I was so happy on board that ship, I could not have believed it possible. We had the beastliest weather, and many discomforts; but the mere fact of its being a tramp -ship gave us many comforts; we could cut about with the men and officers, stay in the wheel-house, discuss all manner of things, and really be a little at sea.
* 1924 , George Sutherland, :
- Then I think I conceive of other worlds and vast structures that pass us by, within a few miles, without the slightest desire to communicate, quite as tramp vessels pass many islands without particularizing one from another.
* 1960 , (Lobsang Rampa), :
- Some of these are regular ocean liners; others are casual tramp ships.
(Australia, New Zealand) A long walk, possibly of more than one day, in a scenic or wilderness area.
* 1968 , John W. Allen, It Happened in Southern Illinois ,
- “Hrrumph,” said the Mate. “Get into uniform right away, we must have discipline here.” With that he stalked off as if he were First Mate on one of the Queens instead of just on a dirty, rusty old tramp ship.
* 2005 , Paul Smitz, Australia & New Zealand on a Shoestring , Lonely Planet,
- The starting place for the tramp is reached over a gravel road that begins on Route 3 about a mile south of Gorham spur.
* 2006 , Marc Llewellyn, Lee Mylne, Frommer?s Australia from $60 a Day ,
- Speaking of knockout panoramas, if you?re fit then consider doing the taxing, winding, 8km tramp' up ' Mt Roy (1578m; five to six hours return), start 6km from Wanaka on Mt Aspiring Rd.
, especially a very small one.
- The 1½-hour tramp passes through banksia, gum, and wattle forests, with spectacular views of peaks and valleys.
* (homeless person) bum, hobo, vagabond
** See also
* (disreputable woman) See also
* (type of ship) see
* (long walk) bushwalk, hike, ramble, trek
* tramp ant
* tramp stamp
To walk with heavy footsteps.
To walk for a long time (usually through difficult terrain).
To tread upon forcibly and repeatedly; to trample.
To travel or wander through.
- We tramped through the woods for hours before we found the main path again.
(Scotland) To cleanse, as clothes, by treading upon them in water.
- to tramp the country