ditch ( ditches plural & 3rd person present) ( ditching present participle) ( ditched past tense & past participle )
1 n-count A ditch is a long narrow channel cut into the ground at the side of a road or field.
2 verb If you ditch something that you have or are responsible for, you abandon it or get rid of it, because you no longer want it.
I decided to ditch the sofa bed. V n
3 verb If someone ditches someone, they end a relationship with that person.
I can't bring myself to ditch him and start again. V n
4 verb 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... V n
A survivor was knocked unconscious when the helicopter ditched. V
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. adj ADJ n
...a last-ditch attempt to prevent civil war.
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