flat out adverb
: in a very clear and direct way
: at the fastest possible speed
—used to make a statement more forceful
: in a blunt and direct manner : openly <called flat out for revolution — National Review>
: at top speed or peak performance <the car does 180 m.p.h. flat out>
usually flat–out : absolutely, downright —usually used as an intensive <is just flat-out confusing>
Examples of FLAT OUT
- I told him flat out that I have no intention of marrying him.
- We asked for more time but they refused us flat out.
- The car does 180 mph flat out.
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