sever all ties with, usually unceremoniously or irresponsibly; "The company dumped him after many years of service"; "She dumped her boyfriend when she fell in love with a rich man"
excavation from which earth or "spoil" is removed to form a parapet If filled with water, the ditch might be referred to as a moat All entrenchments consist of a ditch and parapet The parapet is a mound built up from the excavated earth
The excavation around the works from which the earth for parapet and rampart is obtained Ditches may be wet (moat) or dry, with the latter the preferred in 18th & 19th century forts When the excavation is on the side farthest from the enemy, it is called a trench
A long, narrow excavation artificially dug in the ground; especially an open and usually unpaved waterway, channel, or trench for conveying water for drainage or irrigation, and usually smaller than a canal Some ditches may be natural watercourses (Bates and Jackson 1980)
A trench or a long narrow depression in the ground A ditch is often associated with a bank See Henge, Quarry ditch, Ring ditch
If a pilot ditches an aircraft or if it ditches, the pilot makes an emergency landing. One American pilot was forced to ditch his jet in the Gulf A survivor was knocked unconscious when the helicopter ditched. see also last-ditch. a long narrow hole dug at the side of a field, road etc to hold or remove unwanted water last-ditch
A last-ditch action is done only because there are no other ways left to achieve something or to prevent something happening. It is often done without much hope that it will succeed. a last-ditch attempt to prevent civil war. a last-ditch attempt/effort etc a final attempt to achieve something before it is too late
[ dich ] (noun.) before 12th century. Middle English dich, from Old English dīċ ‘trench, moat’, from Proto-Germanic *dīkōn (cf. West Frisian dyk ‘dam’, Dutch dijk ‘id.’, German Teich ‘pond’), from Proto-Indo-European *dheigʷ ‘to stick, set up’ (cf. Latin fīgēre ‘to affix, fasten’, Lithuanian diegti ‘to prick; plant’, dýgsti ‘to geminate, grow’). Doublet of dike.
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