hit the dirt

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Verb1.hit the dirt - 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"
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Staying true to the one true God, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego refused to hit the dirt.
Put it right under his chin and watch him hit the dirt like a chair was pulled out from under him.
After what seemed an eternity, I hit the dirt and crawled through some underbrush at the side of the trail.
But as the little boy began to run, the soldiers are targeting him but him pretend to be dead and hit the dirt.
Hugh Skidmore and Lawson were on hot form in heat six to take a 4-2 and move the score onto 16-22, before Aaron Summers took heat seven with ease out in front, but his partner Graversen hit the dirt when battling hard with the Berwick duo in a shared 3-3, holding the gap at six points.
He wants to hit the dirt when he is nearly even with the front edge of the base.
NAW's all-new White-tail Power Rankings are providing week-by-week updates as the big bucks hit the dirt this fall.
Reflecting on what happened before he hit the dirt, Amonte added: "I was riding a filly that comes from way back and makes one big run and that's what she did, but the winner was just too far in front and wasn't coming back.
Coach Martin Johnson insisted the star was not too posh for push-ups and ordered him to hit the dirt to get fit at Pennyhill Park, in Bagshot, Surrey.
A schedule packed with activities for those looking to hit the dirt instead of the tarmac will be a feature of Carole Nash Motorcyle Live at Birmingham's NEC.
An airbus jet of the Azerbaijan Airlines, which was about to conclude the Baku Istanbul flight with its 121 passengers, hit the dirt after it landed on runway 5-25.