hit the dirt


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hit the dirt

To drop to the ground, usually in an attempt to avoid danger. All the soldiers hit the dirt when the enemy plane flew overhead.
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Jim and I hit the dirt and crawled swiftly to the back side of the ridge and then sprinted a hundred yards or so to a point where we could re-cross unseen.
Although scientists are eager for Opportunity to drive off its landing pad and hit the dirt, engineers early this week were proceeding cautiously.
Most of us are tempted to hit the dirt. Of course, being a tall target is bad, but electricity flowing horizontally from head to foot on a person lying on the ground can be lethal.
Cut down his beanstalk, and watch him hit the dirt. Dig a deep trench, and stand by with a pickaxe.
Kris Bryant fouled a 102-mph pitch directly into Molina's cup, at which point the ball hit the dirt and caromed back into him.
Bellego hit the dirt when making a blast for the lead on the thirds bend of heat 11, which was re-run without him, but was won by Doolan in a 3-3 result.
We saw plenty of potential record book entries hit the dirt during the 2012 season, including a few that will challenge their state crowns.
Coach Martin Johnson insisted the star was not too posh for push-ups and ordered him to hit the dirt to get fit at Pennyhill Park, in Bagshot, Surrey.
A SCHEDULE packed with activities for those looking to hit the dirt instead of the tarmac will be a feature of the Carole Nash Motorcycle Live show at Birmingham's NEC.
Now the Under-20 squad intend to make sure their tournament hopes don't hit the dirt when they face Japan in Victoria on Sunday.
Worrall hit the dirt in heat 10, with the referee again calling all four to make the restart, with Davies jetting away to lead, but he was soon passed by Rosen.
SCENE: The crash site in Blacker Road; DRAMA BEGINS: The top of Blacker Road; CRASH SCENE: The spot in the former Hopkinsons site where the Toyota Yaris smashed through the hoarding, hit the dirt bank and was then catapulted back out on to Blacker Road where it ended up on its side.
Mackenzie said: "We will have to hit the dirt running to compete against Manchester United - but we're up for it."
The hapless motorist hit the dirt and was left hanging over a wall after a bizarre attempt to steer the vehicle out of a bay.
The rugger boys may be fun and may have produced one of the greatest tries ever witnessed when Gareth Edwards hit the dirt after a monumental handling movement which swept the length of the field.