- A narrow channel dug in the ground, typically used for drainage alongside a road or the edge of a field.More example sentences
- And there was no drainage ditch on the side.
- In one town, invading militiamen had filled an irrigation ditch with concrete.
- The trails cross irrigation ditches, and one eventually winds through rainforest to more open fields.
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- 1.1 [no object] Make or repair ditches: (as noun ditching) they would have to pay for hedging and ditchingMore example sentences
- I remember all the crafts they used to do: hedging, ditching - that's all gone now.
- His father worked for the nearby farms, doing ditching and draining, while his mother was an auxiliary nurse.
- 2 • informal Get rid of; give up: it crossed her mind to ditch her shoes and run plans for the road were ditched following a public inquiryMore example sentences
- The other remedy, of course, is to ditch all home PCs - go on, just throw them out in the street and get rid of them.
- However, to gain credibility with supporters he is ditching - or at least modifying - some of his pro-European views.
- But it bothers my head that my heart is so casual about ditching long and deeply held principles.
- 2.1 • informal End a relationship with (someone) peremptorily; abandon: she ditched her husband to marry the window cleanerMore example sentences
- She had been married for 25 years when her husband ditched her.
- Shanti's daughter, Raji, had a philandering husband who ditched her and took up with Kala.
- She ditched her husband in the Sin City, as part of a life-changing de-cluttering exercise in the early nineties.
- 2.2North American Be truant from (school or another obligation): maybe she could ditch school and run awayMore example sentences
- Some claimed to have ditched their high school or middle school to be on Berkeley's campus to show their opposition to the war.
- On top of everything else, she was now ditching school.
- At 15, Ed ditched school to go to L.A. and see the Red Hot Chili Peppers with Jason Lee, Ann, and Deanna.
- 3 • informal Bring (an aircraft) down on water in an emergency: he was picked up by a frigate after ditching his plane in the MediterraneanMore example sentences
- Yes, you can bail out of the aircraft or you can ditch the aircraft in the ocean or you can land.
- Deterioration of the hydraulic system could have resulted in us ditching the aircraft, just not so soon.
- The pilot ditched his aircraft in the lagoon surrounding the islands.
- 3.1 [no object] (Of an aircraft) make a forced landing on water: the aircraft was obliged to ditch in the sea off the North African coastMore example sentences
- All the time there were aircraft ditching in the sea.
- Geelong and Cessnock were also among the first units on scene when an RMAF Hawk aircraft ditched in the early phases of the exercise.
- Unknown to our crew, the skipper had told the squadron our aircraft had ditched, and survivor status was unknown.
- 3.2US Derail (a train).More example sentences
- Royal Mail controversially announced last June that it was ditching the trains, after 173 years, in favour of road and air transport.
- In Halifax I ditched the train in the first little yard (was it called Rockington... something like that), by the Bedford Basin, and went for coffee.
- More example sentences
- You're no ditcher - you're a girl who ditched one time and feels terrible about it and won't make that mistake again.
- Jim is a two-time ditcher who flew 79 operations during the war as an air gunner - always on low-level flights.
- Because it was during school hours, the path to her house was generally empty; the ditchers usually hung out in alleys or ruins.
Old English dīc, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch dijk 'ditch, dike' and German Teich 'pond, pool', also to dike1.