1. (US tramp) to throw off a (moving) train.
|Tramp Diary in Jack London On the Road (1979) 31: They were forced to stop the train twice before they succeeded in ditching us. [Ibid.] 32: I don’t want to be ditched at some lone water tank.|
|Road 24: Barring accidents, a good hobo, with youth and agility, can hold a train down despite all the efforts of the train-crew to ‘ditch’ him.|
|Modern Hobo 44: I got ditched in a one-horse town.|
|Gay-cat 302: Ditch, or Be Ditched — [...] The term is also applied to being put off trains and being locked in cars.|
|Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 63: DITCH. – [...] to put off a train by force or threat.|
2. to ruin, to stand in the way of a plan.
|Tramping with Tramps 361: ‘Fatty,’ I said, ‘we’re ditched.’ ‘Ditched yer grandmother! What’s the matter?’.|
|Gay-cat 302: Ditch, or Be Ditched — to fail in an undertaking; to fall into trouble.|
3. of people and objects, to throw away, to dispense with, to abandon; to end a relationship with.
|Tales of the Ex-Tanks 344: The old man couldn’t stand for your win [...] and he ditched me the next morning.|
|A. Mutt in Blackbeard Compilation (1977) 24: If he would only speak and forgive me for ditching him.|
|Shorty McCabe on the Job 4: ‘Ah, ditch the sarcasm,’ says I.|
|(con. 1900) Journal Amer. Instit. of Criminal Law and Criminology X Jan. 62–70: In 1915 they caught me the same way. Some one tipped me off and they caught me in the crowd. I could not ditch the stuff, so they grabbed me.|
|Confessions of a Twentieth Century Hobo 73: Take a tip, ditch the rest of those eats.|
|Nigger Heaven 122: I thought of writing a story about a coloured girl in love with a white boy and how he ditched her.|
|Flirt and Flapper 64: Flapper: I’ve got to make up my mind if I’ll dine with Jim Burly [...] or ditch him.|
|Spanish Blood (1946) 136: Listen, Francy. When do you ditch this gambler and let me set you up?‘Nevada Gas’ in|
|in Limerick (1953) 2: The girls he would dazzle, / And fuck to a frazzle, / And then ditch them, the son-of-a-bitch!|
|Really the Blues 170: As soon as we hit The Big Apple we’ll ditch the buggy.|
|Long and the Short and the Tall Act I: johnstone: What? With him in tow? / mitchem: No... We’re ditching him.|
|Venetian Blonde (2006) 176: Could Antony ditch Cleopatra? [...] Did Tristan cut out on Isolde?|
|Batman No. 163 4: I can ditch it when necessary! Ha! Ha!|
|I’m a Jack, All Right 36: We won’t look too innocent if we ditch the car and shoot through on top of everything.|
|Family Arsenal 122: Has my old man ditched me again?|
|(con. 1960s) Black Gangster (1991) 74: All he had to do was drop them peckerwoods off and ditch that goddam car.|
|Wiseguy (2001) 105: I ditch the gun under the front bumper of a parked car.|
|Skin Tight 254: Chris doesn’t know I’m here [...] I ditched her.|
|(con. early 1950s) L.A. Confidential 3: Meeks ditched his car in a pine grove.|
|Happy Like Murderers 283: Graham ditched Sandra, but she wouldn’t stay ditched by him.|
|Indep. on Sun. Real Life 23 Jan. 3: He ditched the day job.|
|Chicken (2003) 92: That cold underneath feeling of being ditched by Jade.|
|Thrill City [ebook] I can’t believe you brought this car [...] We’re gonna have to ditch it.|
|Frank Sinatra in a Blender [ebook] Other guy ditched the bread truck here.|
|Out of Bounds (2017) 57: She was getting a lot more support with the kids, now she’d ditched Victor.|
|Kill Shot [ebook] She thought of what she might do with Jack’s running-away money [...] steal it with William’s help, then ditch him.|
4. (US) to drink.
|Und. Sewer 168: There are all kinds of inducements for the girls to become drunkards, as it is sold in all houses [...] and the girls are required to drink, or ‘ditch it’ in order to keep up the expenses of the ‘house’.|
5. (US Und.) to be sent to prison.
|Hop-Heads 76: He got a ‘rumble,’ too. Came near to being ‘ditched.’ But the ‘fall dough’ saved him.|
|Und. Speaks n.p.: Ditched, sentenced to prison.|
6. (US tramp) to hide (something).
|Hop-Heads 55: I [...] left the house with the package ‘ditched’ in the lining of my coat.|
|Prison Community (1940) 331/2: ditch, vt. To cache or hide loot.|
7. (US) to leave in a hurry.
|Keys to Crookdom 403: Ditch. To depart [...] To ditch out before an arrest.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|CUSS 106: Ditch Leave a place.et al.|
|Brown’s Requiem 156: We’ll ditch Mexico tomorrow.|
8. (US teen/campus) to play truant from school.
|World I Never Made 218: Ditch school, and come along downtown with me.|
|(ref. to 1950s) ‘Cupid’s Story’ in Vice Lords 58: I never did go to school during that time. I ditched school.|
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 41: I was ditchin’ a lot.|
|Campus Sl. Mar.|
|Destination: Morgue! (2004) 36: I ditched school every day.‘Where I Get My Weird Shit’ in|
(US) to leave quickly or clandestinely.
|Duke 38: We ditched out.|
|Thief 46: That was the end of Tracy’s high schooling right there and then. She had ditched out of it.|
|in Body Shop 22: I couldn’t ditch out, it would tear the old man apart.|
|(con. 1964–8) Cold Six Thousand 387: This was the risk part of the operation, because there was a chance the prospect would ditch out on me.|
(US Und.) to dismiss, to get rid of.
|Arizona Dly Star (Tuscon, AZ) 23 July 8/3: ‘I don’t know what Shady Susie has on you that you can’t give her the ditch’.|