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 ditched
The CIA ditched the project shortly after the three prototypes came in, but you can still see what they looked like.Bid on CIA’s Osama Action Figure, Lewinsky's Lingerie, and More at This L.A. Auction House|Asawin Suebsaeng|November 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I ditched my office chair a few months ago and have never felt healthier or more productive.Work Like Churchill-Ditch Your Office Chair and Embrace the Standing Desk|Gregory Ferenstein|June 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Lottie Moon learned Chinese and ditched her Southern belle dresses for indigenous attire.Did the Southern Baptist ‘Conservative Resurgence’ Fail?|Molly Worthen|June 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
After the ceremony, the pope ditched his mitre and ceremonial robes and hopped into the popemobile for a spin around the square.Onscene as Pope Francis Makes Saints of John Paul II and John XXIII|Barbie Latza Nadeau|April 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
American Idol premiered Wednesday night and, blessedly, the veteran reality circus seems to have ditched the clown show.'American Idol' Premiere Review: The Clown Show Is Back and We Love It|Kevin Fallon|January 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Ditch, or Be Ditched: to get into trouble, or to fail at what one has undertaken.Tramping with Tramps|Josiah Flynt
Warren claimed a ditched town, octagonal in shape, measuring in perimeter one thousand three hundred and eighty-five feet.Stories of Old Kentucky|Martha Grassham Purcell
Willing hands were already unhitching the horses, so that they could be taken out of the way, and the ditched engine upraised.The Banner Boy Scouts|George A. Warren
Any garment worn close to the body gets cooty in a few weeks and has to be ditched.A Yankee in the Trenches|R. Derby Holmes
The night after our arrival, and before the tents were ditched, it rained cats and dogs.The Camp-life of the Third Regiment|Robert T. Kerlin
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.