Greetings. Does anyone have any information about the verb “to ditch”, meaning “to cut in line”? I used to hear and use this expression as a kid in the late 60’s to early 70’s but then I forgot about it until a new employee came to my workplace and said it one day. I grew up in an area that straddles the urban/suburban line of metro New York, in New Jersey. A quick and casual googling today only turns up one use of “ditch” in this sense, from a story about a guy cutting a pizza line and getting arrested, on a TV website in Cleveland. In England I believe they call this “barging the queue”.
I have a hunch that it is from the southern U.S. and may be primarily an African-American expression. I’ve been wondering about this for years.