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hit the dirt

To drop to the ground, usually in an attempt to avoid danger. That bomb could go off at any second, so hit the dirt!
See also: dirt, 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.
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.
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.
He explained: "I was trying to bring my club down with force and it hit the dirt at a weird angle, causing one of my ribs to separate.
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.