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    Egbert isnít the sort of name most fellows would be seen dead in a ditch with.

    Egbert isnít the sort of namemost fellows would be seendead in a ditchwith.

    In the above sentence the narrator is insinuating the name "Egbert" is not a common name, but what exactly the above sentence means?
    How does the idiom 'dead in a ditch with" be in another situation, for example ?

    It is from the novel 'Grey Mask' by Patricia Wentworh in 1929.

    (I am not a native English speaker.)

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    Re: Egbert isnít the sort of name most fellows would be seen dead in a ditch with.

    The author is being critical of the name, either because it is unusual or unpopular.

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    Re: Egbert isnít the sort of name most fellows would be seen dead in a ditch with.

    Thank you so much.

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    Re: Egbert isnít the sort of name most fellows would be seen dead in a ditch with.

    Dead in a ditch has a certain poetical quality to it.

    I've more often heard a similar idiom: 'I wouldn't be caught dead...' as in: 'I wouldn't be caught dead wearing something like that!'

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