I am reading The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov. In it, there is a quote:
Baley hitched his jacket back [...] so that his blaster butt was ready for snatching.
It isn't very clear where the blaster is on Baley's body, so I can think of two possible meanings of hitching back here:
- The blaster is at his waist, meaning he moves the bottom of his jacket back so his hands can reach his waist.
- The blaster is near his chest or in his jacket, meaning he opens the top of his jacket a bit so he can readily pull it out (think a secret agent pulling their pistol out of their trenchcoat).
What does hitching back mean in this context?