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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When he heard no response from his crewmen, and could not see them, he believed that Delaney and White had "hit the silk" as soon as they heard the order.
O'Brien wants 100 municipal employees to put on buyout parachutes and hit the silk. The 32 police recruits that graduated from the city's academy last week received their badges and a pat on the back for a job not yet done.
The instructor ordered me to check my parachute and ensure I would be ready to hit the silk if we flamed out.