flat out

adverb

Definition of flat out

  1. 1 :  in a blunt and direct manner :  openly called flat out for revolution — Nat'l Review

  2. 2 :  at top speed or peak performance the car does 180 m.p.h. flat out

  3. 3 usually flat–out play \ˈflat-ˌau̇t\ :  absolutely, downright —usually used as an intensive is just flat-out confusing

Examples of flat out in a Sentence

  1. I told him flat out that I have no intention of marrying him.

  2. We asked for more time but they refused us flat out.

  3. The car does 180 mph flat out.

1932

First Known Use of flat out

1932


FLAT OUT Defined for English Language Learners

flat out

adverb

Definition of flat out for English Language Learners

  • : in a very clear and direct way

  • : at the fastest possible speed

  • —used to make a statement more forceful


FLAT OUT Defined for Kids

flat out

adverb

Definition of flat out for Students

  1. 1 :  in a very clear manner I told him flat out to leave.

  2. 2 :  at top speed We worked flat out to finish.


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