flat out

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 don't want to flat out say I never did it when maybe I just don't remember having done it.


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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. 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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