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Meaning of hike

hike

Pronunciation: (hīk), [key]
— v., n. hiked, hik•ing,
—v.i.
  1. to walk or march a great distance, esp. through rural areas, for pleasure, exercise, military training, or the like.
  2. to move up or rise, as out of place or position (often fol. by up): My shirt hikes up if I don't wear a belt.
  3. to hold oneself outboard on the windward side of a heeling sailboat to reduce the amount of heel.
—v.t.
  1. to move, draw, or raise with a jerk (often fol. by up): to hike up one's socks.
  2. to increase, often sharply and unexpectedly: to hike the price of milk.
—n.
  1. a long walk or march for recreational activity, military training, or the like.
  2. an increase or rise, often sharp and unexpected: a hike in wages.
  3. to go away because one's company is not desired.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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