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hit the deck

 
1. Fig. to fall down; to drop down to the floor or ground. Hit the deck. Don't let them see you. I hit the deck the minute I heard the shots.
2. Fig. to get out of bed. Come on, hit the deck! It's morning. Hit the deck! Time to rise and shine!
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hit the deck

Also, hit the dirt. Fall to the ground, usually for protection. For example, As the planes approached, we hit the deck, or We heard shooting and hit the dirt. In the early 1900s the first expression was nautical slang for "jump out of bed," or "wake up," and somewhat later, "get going." The current meaning dates from the 1920s.
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hit the deck

If someone or something hits the deck, they suddenly fall to the ground. `We'll have to get a doctor!' I hit the deck yowling. My hands were wrapped round my knees. Instead of pulling up, the plane seemed to go faster and faster before it hit the deck. Note: `Deck' normally means the floor of a ship or, in American English, a raised platform outside a house. Here it means the floor or ground.
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hit the deck

1. tv. to get out of bed. Come on, hit the deck! It’s morning.
2. tv. to fall down; to drop down. I hit the deck the minute I heard the shots.
See also: deck, hit

hit the deck

Slang
1. To get out of bed.
2. To fall or drop to a prone position.
3. To prepare for action.
See also: deck, hit
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Willis' second pitch appeared to hit Kemp's back foot, but umpire Chuck Meriwether ruled that it hit the dirt.
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Guest McKinna held Franc out brilliantly through heat seven to take a fine point as part of a Newcastle 4-2 to take his side seven up, while heat nine required two restarts too, latterly due to another unassisted fall on the third bend, this time for Jade Mudgway who hit the dirt and decided to protest long-distance to the official by waving his arms with the same result at heat three, an exclusion for the Bandit, leaving Complin as the lone Bandit.
Nice try by the umpires afterward to say the ball must have hit the dirt because ``there was a change of direction there.
Derek Sneddon and Casper Wortmann were neck and neck on the first bend, but the Diamonds' Scot hit the dirt with Kevin Doolan shooting round Mark Lemon on lap two to put the home side two up.
Umpire supervisor Rick Reiker said the umpires reviewed the video and believe the ball hit the dirt.
Paul said Eddings never indicated he thought the ball hit the dirt.
But before shovels can hit the dirt, the project will need to go through environmental reviews and preliminary engineering.
When he tried to pass a car carrying Jose Mena's wife Edith, her baby, her mother and her sister, he hit the dirt shoulder, Ellis said.
The ball Benji (Gil) threw (on a potential double play in Game 2) jumped 35 feet after it hit the dirt and landed in the seats next to the dugout.
He was driving too fast, hit the dirt and lost control,'' Sweeney said.
I saw them hit, and then I immediately had to hit the dirt as they bombarded us with return fire,'' he recalled.
The truck hit the dirt shoulder before rolling over six times.