- adv. phr. informal1. Without hiding anything; plainly; openly.
The student told his teacher flat-out that he was not listening to her.2. At top speed; as fast as possible.
He saw two men running flat-out from the wild rhinoceros.
Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". Оригинал: A.Маккей, М.Т.Боткер, Дж.И.Гейтс. 1997.
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flat-out — adj. downright; plain; unqualified; as, a flat out lie. Syn: out and out, outright. [PJC] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
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