hit the silk

hit the silk

To jump out of an aircraft. The phrase refers to a skydiver's parachute. A lot of people think skydiving is nerve-wracking, but when I hit the silk, I'm completely calm.
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O'Brien wants 100 municipal employees to put on buyout parachutes and hit the silk.
The instructor ordered me to check my parachute and ensure I would be ready to hit the silk if we flamed out.