Word of the Day: Hike


hike / hīk


1. a lengthy walk, a trek

If I can get a hike in on a regular basis I know I will feel better and I will be stronger.

Tara Moss, 1973 –

2. an abrupt increase (in prices, wages, etc.)

The president has little chance of enacting the proposed tax hikes given Republican control of the House but they serve as a starting negotiating position in talks with Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to raise the debt limit.

Alexander Bolton, “Biden set to unveil more than $2 trillion in tax hikes in budget”, ‘The Hill’, thehill.com/homenews/administration/3889523-biden-set-to-unveil-more-than-2-trillion-in-tax-hikes-in-budget, March 8, 2023

3. in football, a backward pass through the legs of the center to the quarterback from the line of scrimmage to start a play; a snap

A quarterback catches the hike and tosses the ball to a running back who runs to the endzone in slow motion.

www.pond5.com/stock-footage/item/115758688-quarterback-catches-hike-and-tosses-ball-running-back-who, accessed March 22, 2023


1. to go on an extended walk

Success is like a mountain that keeps growing ahead of you as you hike it.

George Saunders, 1958 –

2. to abruptly raise or increase in amount

Ford hiked the price of its electric F-150 Lightning by up to $8,500 due to ‘significant material cost increases’.

www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/ford-hiked-price-electric-f-150159818.html, accessed March 22, 2023

3. to rise up and out of place

The collar of her blouse was hiked up in the back.

From “Others of My Kind: A Novel” by James Sallis, 1944 –

4. to cause to rise upward with a quick tug; to hitch

My worst fear is that I’ll end up living in some run-down duplex on Wilshire wearing pants hiked up to my nipples and muttering under my breath.

Richard Dreyfuss, 1947 –

5.  to snap a football from the line of scrimmage to begin a play

Not only does the center start off every play by hiking the ball to the quarterback, but they can also be a key defensive unit by blocking for the quarterback or releasing from the line of scrimmage to become an additional receiver.

“How to Snap a Football”, ‘NFL Flag’, www.nflflag.com/coaches/default/football-drills/how-to-snap-a-football, accessed March 22, 2023