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    our thumbs got us lifts

    In my early teens I ran away from home, for the simple reason that I was bursting with curiosity about the world outsite Brooklyn. I talked a pal of mine into going with me. Our thumbs got us lifts, we sang for food, and at night we appeared at the local police station to announce we were hitchhiking to relatives and asked to be put in a cell until morning. It worked well until we reached a small town in Delaware.

    Could anyone explain the highlighted sentence please?

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    Re: our thumbs got us lifts

    It means they were hitchhiking. When you're trying to get a free ride from someone, you stand along side the road and extend your arm out to your side with your thumb upraised. (A "lift" is slang for a ride.)


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    Re: our thumbs got us lifts

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    It means they were hitchhiking. When you're trying to get a free ride from someone, you stand along side the road and extend your arm out to your side with your thumb upraised. (A "lift" is slang for a ride.)
    Thank you

    They sang for food means they begged for food?

    Is it right?

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    Re: our thumbs got us lifts

    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    Thank you

    They sang for food means they begged for food?

    Is it right?
    It means they performed in exchange for food. They got a job singing, dancing and entertaining at a night club or pub, and were paid with meals instead of money.


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    Re: our thumbs got us lifts

    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    In my early teens I ran away from home, for the simple reason that I was bursting with curiosity about the world outsite Brooklyn. I talked a pal of mine into going with me. Our thumbs got us lifts, we sang for food, and at night we appeared at the local police station to announce we were hitchhiking to relatives and asked to be put in a cell until morning. It worked well until we reached a small town in Delaware.

    Could anyone explain the highlighted sentence please?
    Ouish does magic with words; I'm filled with awe.

    Yet, please allow me this chance to sharpen my dull pencil. I'll try to use simple words to rephrase the lines in pink.

    We raised our thumbs to get our free ride everywhere, we sang songs (in joints or restaurants) to exchange for our meals, and at night we got to the local police station to tell the police that were thumbing for free ride to visit our relatives and asked to stay in a small room there until next morning.

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    Re: our thumbs got us lifts

    Quote Originally Posted by piousoul View Post
    Ouish does magic with words; I'm filled with awe.

    Yet, please allow me this chance to sharpen my dull pencil. I'll try to use simple words to rephrase the lines in pink.

    We raised our thumbs to get our free ride everywhere, we sang songs (in joints or restaurants) to exchange for our meals, and at night we got to the local police station to tell the police that were thumbing for free ride to visit our relatives and asked to stay in a small room there until next morning.
    Thank you for your kind words.

    Your above summary is good, the only parts I would change are:
    we sang songs (in joints or restaurants) in exchange
    at night we went to the local police station



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    Re: our thumbs got us lifts

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    Thank you for your kind words.

    Your above summary is good, the only parts I would change are:
    we sang songs (in joints or restaurants) in exchange
    at night we went to the local police station

    Thanks, Ouisch, for the correction.

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