GO OFF WITHOUT A HITCH
Meaning: to happen successfully without any problems
: One of the definitions of hitch actually means a temporary difficulty. This phase is known as an idiom
. The earliest publication I could find of it is from Daily Southern Cross
, Volume XXII, Issue 2832, 23 August 1866. This saying gains widespread popularity from this point on.
I was surprised to find that there are no references to beast of burden running off with parts of their hitches still attached to them or to flint lock rifles mis-firing.
It is usually used to refer to weddings that go smoothly.
Sources: Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary, Cambridge University Press
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