flat on one's back

Definition of flat on one's back

:lying with one's back against the ground, on a bed, etc.
  • The accident left him (lying) flat on his back (in bed) for two weeks.
This phrase is sometimes used figuratively.
  • The stock market has been flat on its back.

Word by Word Definitions

flat play
  1. : lying at full length or spread out upon the ground : prostrate

  2. : utterly ruined or destroyed

  3. : resting with a surface against something

  1. : a level surface of land

  2. : a stretch of land without obstacles

  3. : a flat part or surface

  1. : in a flat manner : directly, positively

  2. : in a complete manner : absolutely

  3. : below the proper musical pitch

  1. : flatten

  2. : to lower in pitch especially by a half step

  3. : to sing or play below the true pitch

back play
  1. : the rear part of the human body especially from the neck to the end of the spine

  2. : the body considered as the wearer of clothes

  3. : capacity for labor, effort, or endurance

  1. : to, toward, or at the rear

  2. : in or into the past : backward in time

  3. : to or at an angle off the vertical

  1. : being at or in the back

  2. : distant from a central or main area

  3. : articulated at or toward the back of the oral passage : formed deep within the mouth

  1. : to support by material or moral assistance

  2. : substantiate

  3. : to assume financial responsibility for


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