A trench made in the earth by digging, particularly a trench for draining wet land, for guarding or fencing inclosures, or for preventing an approach to a town or fortress. In the latter sense, it is called also a moat or a fosse.
Any long, narrow receptacle for water on the surface of the earth.
To dig a ditch or ditches in; to drain by a ditch or ditches; as, to ditch moist land.
To surround with a ditch.
To throw into a ditch; as, the engine was ditched and turned on its side.
We don't want to go back to the same policies and the same practices that drove our economy into a ditch, that punished the middle class, and that led us to this catastrophe. We have to keep moving forward. David Axelrod
One man cannot hold another man down in the ditch without remaining down in the ditch with him. Booker T. Washington
If you see ten troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that nine will run into the ditch before they reach you. Calvin Coolidge
I've been a DJ, janitor, ditch digger, waitress, computer instructor, programmer, mechanic, web developer, clerk, manager, marketing director, tour guide and dorm manager, among other things. Sherrilyn Kenyon
Borders had lousy management and made bad corporate decisions, so its fate is less like a terrible accident than a slow-motion slide into a ditch, but it's hard to be happy about a bookseller's demise. Susan Orlean