- 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
Related Words for ditchedjunk, dump, scrap, abandon, discard, jettison, forsake, leave, drop, desert, reject, eighty-six
Examples from the Web for ditched
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
- 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
Word Origin for ditch
- the Ditch an informal name for the Tasman Sea
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.