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English definition of “ditch”

ditch

noun [C] uk   /dɪtʃ/ us  
a long, narrow open hole that is dug into the ground, usually at the side of a road or field, used especially for supplying or removing water or for dividing land

ditch

verb uk   /dɪtʃ/ us  

ditch verb (GET RID OF)

[T] informal to get rid of something or someone that is no longer wanted: The getaway car had been ditched a couple of kilometres away from the scene of the robbery. Did you know that Sarah has ditched (= ended her relationship with) her boyfriend?

ditch verb (AIRCRAFT)

[I or T] to land an aircraft in water in an emergency
(Definition of ditch from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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