hit the deck

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deck 1

1. A platform extending horizontally from one side of a ship to the other.
a. A platform or surface likened to a ship's deck.
b. An unroofed platform, typically with a railing, that adjoins a building or is built on a rooftop.
c. The roadway of a bridge or an elevated freeway.
3. The piece of hard material, usually wood or composite, to which the frames housing the wheels are attached on a skateboard or landboard.
a. A pack of playing cards.
b. A group of data processing cards.
c. A digital file containing slides for a presentation.
5. A tape deck.
tr.v. decked, deck·ing, decks
1. To furnish with or as if with a deck.
2. Slang To knock down: He decked his sparring partner.
clear the deck Informal
To prepare for action.
hit the deck Slang
1. To get out of bed.
2. To fall or drop to a prone position.
3. To prepare for action.
on deck
1. On hand; present.
2. Sports Waiting to take one's turn, especially as a batter in baseball.

[Middle English dekke, from Middle Dutch dec, roof, covering; see (s)teg- in Indo-European roots.]

deck 2

tr.v. decked, deck·ing, decks
1. To clothe with finery; adorn. Often used with out: We were all decked out for the party.
2. To decorate: decked the halls for the holidays.

[Dutch dekken, to cover, from Middle Dutch decken; see (s)teg- in Indo-European roots.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.hit the deck - fall or drop suddenly, usually to evade some danger; "The soldiers hit the dirt when they heard gunfire"
move - move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion; "He moved his hand slightly to the right"
References in classic literature ?
When he hit the deck he hadn't time to speak to any of us.
OFF THE BEATEN TRACK: Bears skipper Gary Havelock, who was the only visiting rider not to hit the deck, and Arlo Bugeja in action at Newcastle last night Picture by GORDON GRANT
I've been working on swinging the ball, getting that swing back into the right-handers, but if the swing's not there, I generally try to hit the deck hard," he said.
He resumed after an eight count but Prescott unleashed another flurry of punches and Khan hit the deck once more before being counted out.
Hit the deck, hit the deck in the right area - that is what we kept repeating to ourselves.
Volunteers hit the deck to help a South Wales charity.
Wheelgun shooters should not be affected since their casings don't necessarily hit the deck & become part of the treasure.
That kid has the voice of authority, and all inebriated suckers hit the deck.
Maybe van Nistelrooy is willing to hit the deck quicker than a blown-up chimney stack but he hits the back of the net even more - and that's what infuriates those attempting to outdo him.
In an acrobatic move an NHL goaltender would've admired, Washburn hit the deck, somehow snared the ball and then dusted himself off, a disbelieving smile creasing his face.