- a long, narrow excavation made in the ground by digging, as for draining or irrigating land; trench.
- any open passage or trench, as a natural channel or waterway.
- to dig a ditch or ditches in or around.
- to derail (a train) or drive or force (an automobile, bus, etc.) into a ditch.
- to crash-land on water and abandon (an airplane).
- to get rid of: I ditched that old hat of yours.
- to escape from: He ditched the cops by driving down an alley.
- to absent oneself from (school or a class) without permission or an acceptable reason.
- to dig a ditch.
- (of an aircraft or its crew) to crash-land in water and abandon the sinking aircraft.
- Slang. to be truant; play hooky.
Origin of ditch
Examples from the Web for ditch
Who knew explaining how to change a tire and back out of a ditch could be so seductive?The Golden West Up for Grabs: ‘Painted Horses’ Is the Next Great Western Novel
November 28, 2014
It also made sense for Sorenson to ditch Bachmann for entirely political reasons.The Time Michele Bachmann Was Right
August 31, 2014
Fonda tried in vain to convince Jarrow and Archer to ditch the project.Anne Archer: Women in Hollywood Are Doomed Forever
August 19, 2014
If America really wants to help Africa grow with trade and investment, it needs to ditch a number of stereotypes it still holds.Why the US-Africa Summit Was Important and Why It Wasn't Enough
August 9, 2014
The car finally came to rest just past the trees, back in the ditch.The Cops Who Found Out the Truth About GM's Deadly Cars—in 2006
July 17, 2014
His mind had been so preoccupied that he had forgotten about the ditch.In the Midst of Alarms
I went racing, but a half mile north I skidded into the ditch.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
Good Indian took one long step over the ditch, and went on steadily.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
Upon which he bid the postillion alight, and look into the ditch.Joseph Andrews Vol. 1
How many times I used to have bets with my cousins that I would jump that ditch!My Double Life
- a narrow channel dug in the earth, usually used for drainage, irrigation, or as a boundary marker
- any small, natural waterway
- Irish a bank made of earth excavated from and placed alongside a drain or stream
- informal either of the gutters at the side of a tenpin bowling lane
- last ditch a last resort or place of last defence
- to make a ditch or ditches in (a piece of ground)
- (intr) to edge with a ditch
- informal to crash or be crashed, esp deliberately, as to avoid more unpleasant circumstanceshe had to ditch the car
- (tr) slang to abandon or discardto ditch a girlfriend
- informal to land (an aircraft) on water in an emergency
- (tr) US slang to evadeto ditch the police
- the Ditch an informal name for the Tasman Sea
Word Origin and History for ditch
Old English dic "ditch, dike," a variant of dike (q.v.). Last ditch (1715) refers to the last line of military defenses.
late 14c., "surround with a ditch; dig a ditch;" from ditch (n.). Meaning "to throw into a ditch" is from 1816, hence sense of "abandon, discard," first recorded 1899 in American English. Of aircraft, by 1941. Related: Ditched; ditching.
Idioms and Phrases with ditch
see last-ditch effort.