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1The same thing again (used in lists and accounts and often indicated by a ditto mark under the word or figure to be repeated).
- 1.1informal Used to indicate that something already said is applicable a second time:‘if one folds his arms, so does the other; if one crosses his legs, ditto’
- ‘So zero marks for slow, ditto for marketing effectiveness and maybe full marks for enigmatic and intriguing.’
- ‘And ditto all of you… lots of good material here.’
- ‘And ditto the literary works being sampled, which in this novel pay homage to the half-submerged tradition of post-1950 British experimental fiction.’
- ‘Tactically, it's clear that the fleet is less handily placed in Holland, and the army ditto in Denmark.’
- ‘And ditto for those big 4-wheel-drive badges on the mud flaps.’
- ‘I complained and was told I could have only 500 words; ditto, then 700 words.’
- 1.1informal Used to indicate that something already said is applicable a second time:
Early 17th century (in the sense ‘in the aforesaid month’): from Tuscan dialect, variant of Italian detto said, from Latin dictus said.
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