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What is the meaning of the word combination "to have the men duck" in the context below?

Morgan sent rowboats laden with men to the far shore of the island, only to have the men duck
when the boats were out of sight and return to the ships with every man. The Spaniards, fearing a land assault from behind, turned their heavy guns away from the inlet and towards the vulnerable side of their fortifications.

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    The orders were that the men ducked down (out of sight) so the Spaniards would think the returning boats were empty, and that the men they saw earlier were about to attack from behind.

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