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ditch

[dich] /dɪtʃ/
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.
  1. to get rid of:
    I ditched that old hat of yours.
  2. to escape from:
    He ditched the cops by driving down an alley.
  3. 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
900
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
Related forms
ditchless, adjective
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  • Many earthworks survive today, along with evidence of palisades to accompany the ditches.
British Dictionary definitions for ditches

ditch

/dɪtʃ/
noun
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
verb
6.
to make a ditch or ditches in (a piece of ground)
7.
(intransitive) to edge with a ditch
8.
(informal) to crash or be crashed, esp deliberately, as to avoid more unpleasant circumstances he had to ditch the car
9.
(transitive) (slang) to abandon or discard to ditch a girlfriend
10.
(informal) to land (an aircraft) on water in an emergency
11.
(transitive) (US, slang) to evade to ditch the police
Derived Forms
ditcher, noun
ditchless, adjective
Word Origin
Old English dīc; related to Old Saxon dīk, Old Norse dīki, Middle High German tīch dyke, pond, Latin fīgere to stick, see dyke1

Ditch

/dɪtʃ/
noun (NZ)
1.
the Ditch, an informal name for the Tasman Sea
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Word Origin and History for ditches

ditch

n.

Old English dic "ditch, dike," a variant of dike (q.v.). Last ditch (1715) refers to the last line of military defenses.

v.

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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for ditches

ditch

verb
  1. To dispose of; get rid of; chuck: We'll ditch this Greek and blow (1900+)
  2. To land an aircraft on the water in an emergency (1940s+)
  3. To play truant; fail to go to school or to a class (1920s+)

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the big ditch


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