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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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A lot needs to happen before the seed hits the dirt. It's this work that wrinkles the skin on your hands and compresses dirt underneath your fingernails.
Fellows, from her first-base position, dives down the line, stretches mid-air and hits the dirt, with the ball in her glove.
The interest in the building has been phenomenal with negotiations already underway for leasing over 60% of the space--even before the first shovel hits the dirt." reports Eric S.
Whether it hits the dirt or not should be irrelevant.
Hunting knives are always fun to buy, but when the flesh hits the dirt, somebody has a nasty job to do.
THE MOST SUCCESSFUL PROJECTS ARE the result of teamwork, commitment, and good communication that begin before the first shovel hits the dirt. Builder Dawn Serpa firmly believes that assembling her employees and consultants right from the start assures that everyone is emotionally committed to the project.