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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
1895-1900; ditch + digger
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ditchdigging, noun, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He had worked at long-shoring, ditch-digging, coal-shovelling—anything, to keep the life in the missus and the kiddies.

    The Human Drift Jack London
  • During those early years the young lawyer had other occupations than ditch-digging.

    Historic Shrines of America John T. (John Thomson) Faris

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