Following the football thread, I find this:
The sport of football, meanwhile, was developing its own
interjections. Back in the 1890s, John Heisman — of Heisman Trophy
fame — introduced the word hike to football. Originally, the center
(who puts the ball into play) used one hand to flip the ball under his
legs to the quarterback. To alert the center that he was ready to
start, a quarterback would use a touch signal, often scratching the
center's leg. When playing as a center for the University of
Pennsylvania team in 1890-91, Heisman got tricked by an opposing
player who scratched his leg. He flipped the ball back, and the
quarterback missed the pass. Heisman's solution was to have the
quarterback use the word hike to put the ball into motion so that
everyone was clear when the play started. Hike was a good choice,
since it can mean "to pull or raise with a sudden motion," and that's
what the center does with the ball.
Soon after, as a coach, Heisman introduced the "direct snap," where
the ball is "hiked" in the now-familiar way. Previously, the ball
would be rolled back along the ground or snapped end over end (a
"snapback"). In 1893, when Heisman was the coach at Buchtel College
(now the University of Akron), he had a very tall quarterback who had
trouble with the ball being rolled to him. So Heisman invented the
direct snap to allow the center to toss the ball directly up to the
quarterback. Every other college team followed Heisman's lead.
The author of the above piece (Ben Zimmer) did not say where he got "to pull or raise with a sudden motion", but he implies that this was a definition that was operative in the 1890s. And one can see that it's consistent with "price hike" and similar uses.