- 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 ditching
Off camera, Rooney was growing up fast, ditching school and developing an impressive vocabulary of curse words.Mickey Rooney Was Hollywood’s Golden Age Showman
April 7, 2014
The master nerds who rule the Valley are talking about ditching the rest of us and heading for the hills.The Race Is On in Silicon Valley to Escape Real America
November 30, 2013
But the actor felt like an outsider, and by 13, was ditching school to smoke pot and drink.‘Glee’ Star Cory Monteith Found Dead: A Tortured Talent Gone Too Soon
July 14, 2013
Ditching the bleach, he seeped manly confidence with what appears to be a samurai ponytail.Roger Federer’s Hair Evolution
June 9, 2013
As the Tube arrives, she scurries toward the exit, ditching her bag on the steps.‘Shadow Dancer’ Explores Post-Thatcher’s London During the Troubles
May 31, 2013
But they must do something; and if set to ditching, would they like that any better?Anecdotes for Boys
Not much hedging, ditching, or hard work these times for Paddy!Pictures of Southern Life
William Howard Russell
Not much hedging, ditching, or hard work these times for Paddy?The Civil War in America
William Howard Russell
There is a job of ditching to do that it will be hard to make joyous, but never mind.
But, to resume, I saw that there was no dainty way to do ditching and stepped in.
- 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 ditching
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 ditching
see last-ditch effort.