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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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In Heat Two Jye Etheridge clashed with Simon Lambert on the last bend of the third lap with the riders hitting the dirt and Etheridge excluded by the referee who awarded a full 5-1 to the Panthers before Ulrich Ostergaard took the lead early in Heat Three after a lightning start from Kevin Doolan, but the 4-2 took the score to 13-8.
Falls proved costly for the Diamonds with skipper Stuart Robson hitting the dirt twice when in good point-scoring positions, while Christian Henry's tumble in heat 6 was a big blow.
Before, his curve was hitting the dirt, but today his curveball was up and that told us that he was on."
We needed a paint product that could withstand the wear and tear of hitting the dirt and absorbing the impact of baseballs and softballs," added Lord of Worth.
And he even kept smiling despite the ball hitting the dirt before the catcher - a guardsman home from Iraq - could catch it.
# HITTING THE DIRT Leon Pesticcio in his Ford Puma.
The referee's decision to exclude Robson from an awarded heat 12 after he and Graversen clashed with the Bear hitting the dirt effectively restricted the best scenario for Newcastle a draw with the score 42-30 with three races to go, but in heat 13 with Lindgren again stuck and the rear with Rosen joining him there after an overtake from Summers the 5-1 ended the contest there and then with the score 47-31.
But Robson and Fisher raced a little too close for comfort with the Devil hitting the dirt and Robson excluded from the restart, which resulted in a home 5-1.
Heat one began in frenetic style with all four battling hard and Leigh Lanham, hitting the dirt on the third bend, withdrawing from the race.