flat on one's back

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flat on one's back

  1. Sick in bed. For example, The flu has put her flat on her back.

  2. Helpless, without recourse, defeated, as in I wish I could help but the recession has put me flat on my back.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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