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ditchdigger

[dich-dig-er] /ˈdɪtʃˌdɪg ər/
noun
1.
a worker whose occupation is digging ditches, especially with pick and shovel.
2.
a person engaged in exhausting manual work, especially work that requires little or no originality.
3.
Also called ditcher, trencher. a power excavating machine designed to remove earth in a continuous line and to a predetermined width and depth, as by means of a rotating belt equipped with scoops.
Origin of ditchdigger
1895-1900
1895-1900; ditch + digger
Related forms
ditchdigging, noun, adjective
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  • And he who is confused, be he ditchdigger or dictator, is a man emotionally upset.

    Expediter Dallas McCord Reynolds

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