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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In his final at-bat, Moncada grounded out to third and hit the dirt after tripping coming out of the box.
I became entangled and ended up firing a round into the ground, which caused the entire company behind me to hit the dirt while I remained upright.
"It's really exciting to see shovels hit the dirt bringing us closer to this much-anticipated, state-of-the-art expansion," said Philip Downing, senior vice president of preclinical services at BASi.
You know, things like: Always carry bear spray, don't tease, don't run, don't be stealthy, hit the dirt, play dead (a near impossibility if one has a grizzly breathing in one's 'playing dead' face; one might easily succumb in such circumstances to death by natural causes), or, the even more improbable suggestion: Box its nose or eyes.
The first shovels hit the dirt in Rome, Oneida County, on July 4, 1817.
Staying true to the one true God, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego refused to hit the dirt. Their actions ignited King Nebuchadnezzar's fury as well as the flames of a massive furnace that the three were thrown into for not bowing low before the gold (vv.13,19-23).
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.
Orlando, FL, June 27, 2015 --(PR.com)-- Team Classic's Big Dog and Mozzie are looking to smash their $20,000 fundraising target before they hit the dirt in the 2015 Great Endeavour Rally from July 17 - 25 raising funds for national charity, Endeavour Foundation.
DESPITE the explosion in sales of adventure-style bikes in the past few years, most riders will never hit the dirt on them.
But as the little boy began to run, the soldiers are targeting him but him pretend to be dead and hit the dirt. Soon later he running and rescuing the little girl who hides behind the car without caring the spree.
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.