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    Question 'ditch' and 'dodge', equal?

    Hi all,
    I once heard that in AmE you could 'ditch a person you don't like'. Could 'dodge' be used with the same meaning in BrE?



    Thanks a lot!

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    Re: 'ditch' and 'dodge', equal?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Hi all,
    I once heard that in AmE you could 'ditch a person you don't like'. Could 'dodge' be used with the same meaning in BrE?



    Thanks a lot!
    No, "to dodge" means "to avoid".
    I believe the current expression is "to dump someone".

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    Re: 'ditch' and 'dodge', equal?

    To ditch is to abandon someone as the group moves on. Say 5 or 6 people are hanging out at the mall. They don't much like Eric. So when Eric goes to the bathroom, they all decide to leave and move on to their next destination. They have left Eric behind. They have ditched him.

    In contrast, to dodge Eric would be to see him walking in the mall and to move where he could not see you, to thus avoid contact with him altogether.

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    Re: 'ditch' and 'dodge', equal?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    To ditch is to abandon someone as the group moves on. Say 5 or 6 people are hanging out at the mall. They don't much like Eric. So when Eric goes to the bathroom, they all decide to leave and move on to their next destination. They have left Eric behind. They have ditched him.

    In contrast, to dodge Eric would be to see him walking in the mall and to move where he could not see you, to thus avoid contact with him altogether.


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    Re: 'ditch' and 'dodge', equal?

    She's been dodging me since she ditched me.

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    Re: 'ditch' and 'dodge', equal?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    She's been dodging me since she ditched me.

    ...ta!

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