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touch down

[for an airplane] to come in contact with the ground; to land. Flight twelve is due to touch down at midnight. When will this plane touch down?
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touch down

to reach the ground Our plane touched down about 40 minutes after it was supposed to. In Florida, tornadoes touched down in at least three counties yesterday.
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touch down

Land on the ground, as in The spacecraft touched down on schedule. This idiom was first recorded in 1935.
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touch down

v.
To make contact with the ground; land: The tornado touched down in a remote area.
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At the start of the third quarter the Nighthawks tried to turn the game in their favour, but Cougars quarter-back Rogers took to the air again and wide receivers Andy Ellis and Greg Beswick scored touch downs.
He made a major contribution as Bryncethin swooped for a total of five touch downs, while some other well renowned cup fighters came to the fore.
That decision to take the two rather than run the ball may have been Skolars' downfall, with Gary Middlehurst bouncing off several would-be tacklers to touch down just minutes later.
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Worcester's second try came after 20 minutes and this time former Welsh International Craig Quinnell found himself in space in front of the posts and he had a simple task to touch down.
But after Quinnell charged down Rees kick, to touch down, the lead changed hands one final time.
Second-row Danny Lowe went on a storming run, breaking through a number of tackles, to set up the next try, which saw centre Dave Davies touch down.
Ferguson and Roberts exchanged penalties before Olly Cooper worked his way through for a vital touch down.
Warrington's enthusiasm earned them the opening try after 16 minutes when Jon Clarke and Martin Gleeson combined for Westwood to touch down and land the conversion.
But Smart collected an excellent grubber kick from Shaun Perry to touch down, Gowland adding the extra points.
Tigers pressure was rewarded when fly-half Andy Goode darted through to touch down.
John Brotherton had what seemed a perfectly good touch down disallowed but it continued to be one way traffic.
The visitors gained two tries and one conversion with Chester forced to settle for a late touch down by Mike Gallimore.
And they cashed in when Brandon Costin battled through heavy traffic to touch down for the seventh successive game.
A spell of short sharp passing was rounded off by Mike Benson selling the defence a dummy and running onto calmly touch down.