verb (used with object)
- 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.
verb (used without object)
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|Wendy Smith|November 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It also made sense for Sorenson to ditch Bachmann for entirely political reasons.
Fonda tried in vain to convince Jarrow and Archer to ditch the project.Anne Archer: Women in Hollywood Are Doomed Forever|Nico Hines|August 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|John Prendergast|August 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Michael Daly|July 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Unconsciously squaring his shoulders as he went, Conniston strode away toward the ditch.Under Handicap|Jackson Gregory
This was occasioned by the muzzles being pointed downwards into the ditch, which gave the report an unusual and appalling effect.Twenty-Five Years in the Rifle Brigade|William Surtees
Ditch, or Be Ditched: to get into trouble, or to fail at what one has undertaken.Tramping with Tramps|Josiah Flynt
It was the culvert, of course; it had broken down, and lucky I was that the ditch underneath was shallow.Over Prairie Trails|Frederick Philip Grove
The Ass gave credence to his words, and, falling into a ditch, was very much bruised.Aesop's Fables|Aesop
Word Origin 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.
see last-ditch effort.