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[dich-dig-er] /ˈdɪtʃˌdɪg ər/
a worker whose occupation is digging ditches, especially with pick and shovel.
a person engaged in exhausting manual work, especially work that requires little or no originality.
Also called ditcher, trencher. a power excavating machine designed to remove earth in a continuous line and to a predetermined width and depth, as by means of a rotating belt equipped with scoops.
Origin of ditchdigger
First recorded in 1895-1900; ditch + digger
Related forms
ditchdigging, noun, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Shown up in our newspapers as a ditch-digger—a fly-by-night—a nobody!

    The Landloper Holman Day
  • A little nephew of ours said he wanted to be a ditch-digger.

    Analyzing Character

    Katherine M. H. Blackford and Arthur Newcomb
  • He is no longer a ditch-digger and a ploughman, but the proud master of councils or the cultured professor of the university.

  • A ditch-digger, looking at the question short-sightedly, may deem "a good drunk" a very desirable form of enjoyment.

    The Principles of Economics Frank A. Fetter
  • The breakfast came and Craig ate like a ditch-digger—his own breakfast and most of Grant's.

  • And a ditch-digger, a good ditch-digger, ought to be respected—until he thinks he's the whole works.

    Sonnie-Boy's People James B. Connolly

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