flat-out flat-out adj. downright; plain; unqualified; as, a flat-out lie.

Syn: out-and-out, outright. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • flat-out — /flat owt /, adj. Informal. 1. moving or working at top speed or with maximum effort; all out: a flat out effort by all contestants. 2. downright; thoroughgoing: Many of the paintings were flat out forgeries. [1925 30] * * * …   Universalium

  • flat-out — flat′ out′ adj. Informal. 1) cvb inf using full speed or all of one s resources: a flat out effort[/ex] 2) cvb inf downright: a flat out forgery[/ex] • Etymology: 1925–30 …   From formal English to slang

  • 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 — If you work flat out, you work as hard and fast as you possibly can …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • flat out — ► flat out as fast or as hard as possible. Main Entry: ↑flat …   English terms dictionary

  • 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 — [flatout′] adj. Informal 1. at full speed, with maximum effort, etc. 2. absolute; thorough; definite …   English World dictionary

  • flat out — adverb Date: 1932 1. in a blunt and direct manner ; openly < called flat out for revolution National Review > 2. at top speed or peak performance < the car does 180 m.p.h. flat out > 3. (usually flat out) absolutely, downright usually used as an… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 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 — 1. mod. totally. □ She was flat out mad as hell. □ We were all flat out disgusted. 2. mod. at top speed. □ They drove the thing flat out for an hour. □ If we run …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

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