ditch

[dich]
noun
1.
a long, narrow excavation made in the ground by digging, as for draining or irrigating land; trench.
2.
any open passage or trench, as a natural channel or waterway.
verb (used with object)
3.
to dig a ditch or ditches in or around.
4.
to derail (a train) or drive or force (an automobile, bus, etc.) into a ditch.
5.
to crash-land on water and abandon (an airplane).
6.
Slang.
a.
to get rid of: I ditched that old hat of yours.
b.
to escape from: He ditched the cops by driving down an alley.
c.
to absent oneself from (school or a class) without permission or an acceptable reason.
verb (used without object)
7.
to dig a ditch.
8.
(of an aircraft or its crew) to crash-land in water and abandon the sinking aircraft.
9.
Slang. to be truant; play hooky.

Origin:
before 900; 1940–45 for def 5, 1885–90 for def 6, 1955–60 for def 9; Middle English dich, Old English dīc; cognate with German Teich. See dike1

ditchless, adjective
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ditch (dɪtʃ)
 
n
1.  a narrow channel dug in the earth, usually used for drainage, irrigation, or as a boundary marker
2.  any small, natural waterway
3.  (Irish) a bank made of earth excavated from and placed alongside a drain or stream
4.  informal either of the gutters at the side of a tenpin bowling lane
5.  last ditch a last resort or place of last defence
 
vb
6.  to make a ditch or ditches in (a piece of ground)
7.  (intr) to edge with a ditch
8.  slang to crash or be crashed, esp deliberately, as to avoid more unpleasant circumstances: he had to ditch the car
9.  slang (tr) to abandon or discard: to ditch a girlfriend
10.  slang to land (an aircraft) on water in an emergency
11.  slang (US) (tr) to evade: to ditch the police
 
[Old English dīc; related to Old Saxon dīk, Old Norse dīki, Middle High German tīch dyke, pond, Latin fīgere to stick, see dyke1]
 
'ditcher
 
n
 
'ditchless
 
adj

Ditch (dɪtʃ)
 
n
the Ditch an informal name for the Tasman Sea

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ditch
O.E. dic "ditch, dike," a variant of dike (q.v.). Verbal sense of "abandon, discard" is first recorded in Amer.Eng. 1899. Related: Ditched; ditching. Last ditch (1715) refers to the last line of military defenses.
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ditch definition


  1. tv.
    to dispose of someone or something; to abandon someone or something. : The crooks ditched the car and continued on foot.
  2. tv. & in.
    to skip or evade someone or something. : Pete ditched class today.
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