- a floorlike surface wholly or partially occupying one level of a hull, superstructure, or deckhouse, generally cambered, and often serving as a member for strengthening the structure of a vessel.
- the space between such a surface and the next such surface above: Our stateroom was on B deck.
verb (used with object)
- to prepare for combat, as by removing all unnecessary gear.
- to prepare for some activity or work, as by getting rid of hindrances.
- Nautical. to rise from bed.
- to fall, drop, or be knocked to the ground or floor.
- Baseball. next at bat; waiting one's turn to bat.
- Informal. next in line; coming up; scheduled.
- Informal. prepared to act or work; ready.
Origin of deck
Related formsun·decked, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for hit the deck
- the horizontal platform that supports the turntable and pick-up of a record player
- See tape deck
- to fall to the floor or ground, esp in order to avoid injury
- to prepare for action
- to get out of bed
Derived Formsdecker, noun
Word Origin for deck
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)
In addition to the idiom beginning with deck
- deck out
- clear the decks
- hit the deck
- on deck