To flat out
Flat Flat, v. i. 1. To become flat, or flattened; to sink or fall to an even surface. --Sir W. Temple. [1913 Webster]

2. (Mus.) To fall form the pitch. [1913 Webster]

{To flat out}, to fail from a promising beginning; to make a bad ending; to disappoint expectations. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • To fall out — Fall Fall (f[add]l), v. i. [imp. {Fell} (f[e^]l); p. p. {Fallen} (f[add]l n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Falling}.] [AS. feallan; akin to D. vallen, OS. & OHG. fallan, G. fallen, Icel. Falla, Sw. falla, Dan. falde, Lith. pulti, L. fallere to deceive, Gr.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To die out — Die Die, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Died}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dying}.] [OE. deyen, dien, of Scand. origin; cf. Icel. deyja; akin to Dan. d[ o]e, Sw. d[ o], Goth. diwan (cf. Goth. afd?jan to harass), OFries. d?ia to kill, OS. doian to die, OHG. touwen,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • flat out — 1. as fast as possible. The painters have been working flat out to get the job finished. She drives as though her car has only two speeds – flat out and stopped. 2. clearly and without confusion. The coach told me flat out, “You re too small.” I… …   New idioms dictionary

  • flat out — INFORMAL ► as hard or as fast as possible: »Towards the end of the project the whole department was working flat out to meet the deadlines. Main Entry: ↑flat …   Financial and business terms

  • flat\ out\ like\ a\ lizard\ drinkin — To be very busy. I ve got all these projects to do... I m flat out like a lizard drinking …   Dictionary of american slang

  • flat\ out\ like\ a\ lizard\ drinkin — To be very busy. I ve got all these projects to do... I m flat out like a lizard drinking …   Dictionary of american slang

  • flat-out — [adv] at top speed all out, all the way, at a good clip*, for all one’s worth*, full blast, head over heels*, in full gallop*, lickety split, the whole nine yards*, to the max, unrestrainedly, wide open, without reservation; concepts 574,762,781 …   New thesaurus

  • Flat Out (album) — Infobox Album | Name = Flat Out Type = Album Artist = Buck Dharma Released = 1982 Recorded = 1981 Genre = Pop Length = 38:21 Label = Portrait Records Producer = Donald Roeser Reviews = Last album = This album = Flat Out (1982) Next album = Flat… …   Wikipedia

  • flat out — Synonyms and related words: a outrance, a toute outrance, absolute, absolutely, admitting no exception, all hollow, all out, all the way, all out, apace, at full blast, at full drive, at full speed, at full throttle, beyond all bounds, beyond… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • flat out like a lizard drinking — Extremely busy, at top speed. This is word play on two different meanings of the standard English flat out . The literal sense is to lie fully stretched out (like a lizard), and the figurative sense means as fast as possible. The phrase also… …   Australian idioms

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