Jenny: Oh, I really don’t know what to do. There is a new guy in class and he is so cute and nice! I really want to go out with him?
Shelly: What? I thought you were going out with Bill? You both make such a nice couple!
Jenny: I know, but he is kind of boring now that all the romance is gone. It has been six months and I just don’t have that “feeling” anymore about Bill. I’m thinking about dating other people.
Shelly: So, you’re just going to ditch Bill because your relationship with him is not new and exciting? That’s cold!
Jenny: Well, Bill ditched Brenda to go out with me. Isn’t it better if I ditch him first?
Shelly: I don’t know about that. You should at least talk to him first. I think he really likes you.
Jenny: Well, now I’m not sure what I should do. Maybe I won’t ditch him after all. He is a nice guy.
Kenny loves to go to the movies. He would like to be a movie critic someday, but for now, he works in an office from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM every day. Last Wednesday, Kenny ditched work to see the new Johnny Depp movie and it was not the first time he ditched work for a movie. Today, his best friend is having his 21st birthday party at a nice restaurant and invited Kenny a month ago. However, Kenny wants to ditch his best friend and go see another new action movie. In fact, Kenny ditches his best friend almost every week because he would rather watch movies than spend time talking to people. If Kenny continues to ditch his work and best friend, he’ll lose both of them!
To leave or get rid of someone or something you have or are responsible for. In the first example, Jenny has a boyfriend already, but she wants to ditch him for a new guy. In the second example, Kenny is responsible for his job, but keeps ditching it for movies. He also has a best friend he ditches a lot.
This idiom was taken from LSI’s text book titled Speaking Savvy. This book is used to teach Listening and Speaking in our level 5 class. For more information please visit: https://www.languagesystems.com/