If one's years can't be better employed than in sweating poesy, a man had better be a ditcher.
There's been a ditcher in his family, and there may have been a duke.
But this restless Proteus masqueraded through a score of other characters—as seedsman, harvester, hedger and ditcher, etc.
And word was sent far and near, to squire and farmer, hedger and ditcher.
Slowly the hedger and ditcher goes back to his work, where in the shade under the bushes even now the dew lingers.
The necessary occupation of a ditcher prepares him to work in the trenches, and to fortify a camp, as well as to inclose a field.
The chief ditcher had by the day seven pence, the second ditcher six pence, the other ditchers five pence.
Consider the silent influence which flowers exert, no less upon the ditcher in the meadow than the lady in the bower.
He was, it seemed, a “hedger and ditcher,” and his leathern gauntlets and billhook lay beside him on the ale-house bench.
The hedger and ditcher must make his hedge and clean his ditch even though he be tormented by rheumatism.