in the dirt

idiom

baseball, of a pitch
: having hit the ground near home plate before reaching the catcher
He swung and missed at a curveball in the dirt.

Examples of in the dirt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Startled, Kathie fell back in the dirt before realizing the hand belonged to Kandice, who was lying next to her. Marisa Kwiatkowski, USA TODAY, 14 May 2024 The crabs likely hide under rocks or create burrows in the dirt along the water’s edge, according to the study. Irene Wright, Miami Herald, 13 May 2024 Springer thrives on catching their 94-mph fastballs or curveballs in the dirt. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 12 May 2024 The fire was so hot that melted remains of the victims’ black SUV are embedded in the dirt. Nina Burleigh, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 May 2024 In addition, researchers found microscopic bits of charred food—including nuts, grasses and wild seeds—in the dirt near the bodies. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 May 2024 Plants snaked around the bathing fixtures and the original arches suspended over the tubs were found buried in the dirt among the ruins. David Caraccio, Sacramento Bee, 2 May 2024 Kelce got the chance to throw out the first pitch after spiking one in the dirt before a game played by his hometown Cleveland Guardians. Blair Kerkhoff, Kansas City Star, 28 Mar. 2024 The newspaper photograph showed a man kneeling in the dirt, begging for his life. Hazlitt, 28 Feb. 2024

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“In the dirt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/in%20the%20dirt. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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