deck

[ dek ]
/ dɛk /

noun

adjective

Civil Engineering. (of a bridge truss) having a deck or floor upon or above the structure.Compare through(def 22).

verb (used with object)

Idioms

Origin of deck

1425–75; (noun) late Middle English dekke material for covering < Middle Dutch dec covering, roof; (v.) < Dutch dekken to cover; cognate with German decken; cf. thatch

Related forms

un·decked, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hit the deck

deck

/ (dɛk) /

noun

verb (tr)

See also deck over

Derived Forms

decker, noun

Word Origin for deck

C15: from Middle Dutch dec a covering; related to thatch
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Idioms and Phrases with hit the deck (1 of 2)

hit the deck


Also, hit the dirt. Fall to the ground, usually for protection. For example, As the planes approached, we hit the deck, or We heard shooting and hit the dirt. In the early 1900s the first expression was nautical slang for “jump out of bed,” or “wake up,” and somewhat later, “get going.” The current meaning dates from the 1920s.

Idioms and Phrases with hit the deck (2 of 2)

deck


In addition to the idiom beginning with deck

  • deck out

also see:

  • clear the decks
  • hit the deck
  • on deck
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