hit the dirt


: to drop down to the ground suddenly
She hit the dirt when the gunfire started.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Rendon bolted to his right as a few gallons of green liquid hit the dirt in front of the dugout. Los Angeles Times, 14 May 2022 When the firing resumed, bullets hit the dirt berm, often far off the mark. Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, 17 Aug. 2022 Who doesn’t want gaiters tough enough to hit the dirt and look good? Los Angeles Times, 4 Nov. 2021 This video game is syncing the music up to your progress, ready to drop the beat as your wheels hit the dirt after an incredible jump punctuated by fireworks, confetti and cheers. Washington Post, 11 Oct. 2021 Oakland Park leaders and residents continue to be excited about the changes underway as the shovels hit the dirt during the recent groundbreaking ceremony. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, 18 Aug. 2021 His right foot hit the dirt inches shy of the plate and then his left foot came down in the batter's box. Steve Megargee, Star Tribune, 24 July 2021 His throw hit the dirt in front of Lowe and skipped past his glove. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 12 May 2021 But only three days before Heuett’s elk hit the dirt, Nick Franklin, also hunting in Arizona, had tagged the bull above, which scored 20 inches better. Scott Bestul, Field & Stream, 7 Aug. 2020 See More

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“Hit the dirt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hit%20the%20dirt. Accessed 5 Jun. 2023.

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