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  1. ditch
  2. v. verb

    • 1. provide with ditches:

      he was praised for ditching the coastal areas
      Synonym : dig a ditch in, trench, excavate, drain
    • 2. make or repair ditches:

      they would have to pay for hedging and ditching
    • 3. get rid of; give up:

      it crossed her mind to ditch her shoes and run plans for the road were ditched following a public inquiry
      Synonym : throw out, throw away, discard, get rid of, dispose of, do away with, deep-six, shed, abandon, drop, shelve, scrap, jettison, throw on the scrapheap, dump, junk, chuck, pull the plug on, trash
    • 4. end a relationship with (someone) peremptorily; abandon:

      she ditched her husband to marry the window cleaner
    • 5. be truant from (school or another obligation):

      maybe she could ditch school and run away
    • 6. bring (an aircraft) down on water in an emergency:

      he was picked up by a frigate after ditching his plane in the Mediterranean
    • 7. (of an aircraft) make a forced landing on water:

      the aircraft was obliged to ditch in the sea off the North African coast
    • 8. derail (a train).

  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: ditch, 3rd person present: ditches, gerund or present participle: ditching, past tense: ditched, past participle: ditched

    • (of a train) become derailed
    • verb

      provide with a ditch or ditches.

      make or repair ditches:

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