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Definition of flat out
Examples of flat out in a Sentence
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.
Recent Examples of flat out from the Web
Since January, the sales team has just been going flat out.
But the inclination of some of his supporters to promote wild-eyed conspiracy theories and flat out lies is incredibly disturbing.
So how did a team that played so well at home fall flat out on the road?
However, this time, Reynolds flat out denied that quote.
Fifty-seven flats out of about 150 in total are planned to be ready before the summer, according to the project’s website, which features busy young people walking with their children and others driving Lexus, BMW and Mercedes cars.
And then there was the cheetah, the world’s fastest land animal, running flat out in a game reserve that left me, if not the cheetah, breathless.
There were three plays in the first period on which the Kings just flat out took the puck from the Blackhawks, who did come alive the rest of the game.
Liverpool flat out rejected three bids from Barcelona for their playmaker last summer, despite Coutinho submitting a transfer request, while the club's owners put out a statement insisting the Brazilian was not for sale at any price.
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FLAT-OUT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of flat-out for English Language Learners
: absolute and complete
: greatest possible
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
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