bar ditch

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Origin uncertain. Perhaps from bar + ditch because it ‘bars’ cattle from crossing on to the road; the first word may be a corruption of borrow (compare borrow pit), because the material to make the crown of the road was ‘borrowed’ from the sides.


bar ditch (plural bar ditches)

  1. (Southern US) A low ditch running along the side of a road.
    • 2013, Philipp Meyer, The Son, Simon & Schuster 2014, p. 282:
      She continued along the bar ditch, sweat running down her back now.