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hit the deck

1. To drop to the ground, usually in an attempt to avoid danger. All the soldiers hit the deck when the enemy plane flew overhead.
2. To get out of bed. It's already one in the afternoon—hit the deck!
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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

fall to or throw yourself on the ground. informal
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hit the ˈdeck

(informal)
1 fall to the ground suddenly: When we heard the shooting we hit the deck.The champion landed another heavy punch and the challenger hit the deck for the third time.
2 (American English) get out of bed: Come on! It’s time to hit the deck.
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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.
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hit the deck

Slang
1. To get out of bed.
2. To fall or drop to a prone position.
3. To prepare for action.
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Contador, who went down in the final sprint, was unable to lift his arm after hitting the deck.
The snap hook stays attached to the chain instead of hitting the deck and breaking.
United's Davie Moyes backed ref Jon Moss over the penalty but blasted Young for hitting the deck in the earlier incident.
I've got no plans of hitting the deck but I've got plans for Pearce to hit the deck, so we'll see what happens.
I know that if I stick to the basics and concentrate on my strength -- hitting the deck and moving the ball -- I will definitely reap rewards," he said after the day's play, where he picked five for 59.
Luckily, Britters managed to stop herself hitting the deck, just in time for a good old chinwag with SIMON COWELL'S replacement LOUIS WALSH, 59.
It is risky and sometimes you get wickets, sometimes you don't, but the accent is still going to be on me hitting those good areas, just with hitting the deck a bit harder.
He said: "We realised we needed to be a lot more aggressive, we spoke about really hitting the deck at the right length, over after over.
And, after the Inter Milan defender was floored again against Sampdoria in a Serie A clash on Sunday, France coach Domenech joked he has a habit of hitting the deck.
Hitting the deck can be a way to at least avoid a nuclear bomb's blinding light.
However, he was in the process of running a blinder at the Festival when hitting the deck at the fourth flight from the finish.
Nobody wants to see horses hitting the deck, but the fences at the Shropshire track are ridiculous and you'd never want to send a horse there in preparation for a race at one of the Grade 1 tracks.
Mitchell said Tszyu knew that his knee was bad, so the Australian purposely engaged Mitchell in wrestling tactics that resulted in the fighters hitting the deck more than once.
4 before hitting the deck five from home, then punters mostly wanted to be against the runaway leader and eventual winner, Dev (done at a high of 44).
Shocked racegoers looked on as the field tightened at the furlong pole causing massive interference which resulted in the Ted Durcan-ridden Blades Girl hitting the deck, bringing down Joe Fanning on Drumfire and the Darryll Holland partnered Uhoomagoo.