hike


hike
hike
meaning ‘an increase (in prices, wages, etc.)’ is fairly recent (first recorded in 1931) and has spread rapidly from AmE, especially to the informal language of British journalism:

• The oil industry is still accommodating itself to its new size following the 1979 price hike —D. Hedley, 1986

• An announcement by Argentina's President Carlos Menem rescinding a planned threefold hike in the duties on paper imported for book production was greeted with delight by hundreds of publishers —Bookseller, 1993

• He warned that back-to-back hikes in May and June were a ‘very real possibility’, particularly if consumer price inflation comes in at 3 per cent or above in April —Irish News, 2007.


Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • Hike — Hike, v. i. 1. To hike one s self; specif., to go with exertion or effort; to tramp; to march laboriously. [Dial. or Colloq.] If you persist in heaving and hiking like this. Kipling. It s hike, hike, hike (march) till you stick in the mud, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hike — Hike, n. 1. The act of hiking. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] 2. A long walk usually for exercise or pleasure or exercise; a tramp; a march. [WordNet sense 1] [PJC] With every hike there s a few laid out with their hands crossed. Scribner s Mag. [Webster… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hike — ► NOUN 1) a long walk or walking tour. 2) a sharp increase, especially in price. ► VERB 1) go on a hike. 2) pull or lift up (clothing). 3) increase (a price) sharply. ● take a hike …   English terms dictionary

  • Hike — may refer to: * Hiking, walking lengthy distances in the countryside or wilderness * Hiking (sailing), moving a sailor s body weight as far to windward (upwind) as possible, in order to counteract the force of the wind pushing sideways against… …   Wikipedia

  • hike — (v.) 1809, hyke to walk vigorously, an English dialectal word of unknown origin. A yike from 1736 answers to the sense. HIKE, v. to go away. It is generally used in a contemptuous sense. Ex. Come, hike, i.e. take yourself off; begone. [Rev.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • hike — [n] journey by foot backpack, constitutional, excursion, exploration, march, ramble, tour, traipse, tramp, trek, trip, walk, walkabout; concepts 149,224,363 hike [v1] walk for recreation backpack, explore, hit the road*, hoof*, leg it*, ramble,… …   New thesaurus

  • hike — [hīk] vi. hiked, hiking [< dial. heik, prob. akin to HITCH] 1. to take a long, vigorous walk; tramp or march, esp. through the country, woods, etc. ☆ 2. to move up out of place vt. 1. Informal to pull or jerk up; hoist [to hike up one s socks… …   English World dictionary

  • Hike — Hike, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Hiked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Hiking}.] [Cf. {Hitch}.] 1. To move with a swing, toss, throw, jerk, or the like. [Dial. or Colloq.] [Webster 1913 Suppl.] 2. To raise with a quick movement. [PJC] 3. To raise (a price) quickly… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hike — [ha̮ik], der; s, s [engl. hike = Wanderung] (Jargon): [mehrtägige] ausschließlich der Erholung dienende Wanderung …   Universal-Lexikon

  • hike — index boom (increase), perambulate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary