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
Related Words for ditchedjunk, dump, scrap, abandon, discard, jettison, forsake, leave, drop, desert, reject, eighty-six
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Contemporary Examples of 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
November 11, 2014
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
June 2, 2014
Lottie Moon learned Chinese and ditched her Southern belle dresses for indigenous attire.Did the Southern Baptist ‘Conservative Resurgence’ Fail?
June 1, 2014
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
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
January 16, 2014
Historical Examples of ditched
"We'll be lucky if we are not ditched," Wallie panted as he braced his feet.The Dude Wrangler
Ditch, or Be Ditched: to get into trouble, or to fail at what one has undertaken.
To be "ditched" when riding on trains means to be put off, or to get locked into a car.
He also had been ditched from the first train and had caught this one.Broke
Edwin A. Brown
I gave her the stock and to make it worth the money she turned around and ditched me.Shadow Mountain
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.