Photos: 12 Famous FabulistsSo I asked him, flat out, if everything in his show really happened, or if some parts were fictional.
Obama's press secretary Robert Gibbs went on CNN to declare that Lieberman engaged in "flat out lies."
“If people want to come on the show, I tell them flat out, I would never do it,” Springer says.
Let me say, flat out, that Harold Conrad was the single most happening, been-everywhere/done-everything cat I ever met.
They put up five dollars a side to wrestle on the flat out in front of the stockade.
The force of the fall brought Steering to his knees, then flat out across the ledge, to get all the purchase power he could.
And now lay down that purse,” he continued briefly, “before I shoot the flat out of your eye.
It's dedicated to me—flat out—and you even crossed out the dedication and tidied me out of the introduction.
He has the term to finish, and certainly you would not have him flat out on his job when the end is in sight.
early 14c., from Old Norse flatr, from Proto-Germanic *flataz (cf. Old Saxon flat "flat, shallow,: Old High German flaz "flat, level," Old English flet, Old High German flezzi "floor"), perhaps from PIE *plat- "to spread" (cf. Greek platys "broad, flat;" see plaice (n.)).
Sense of "prosaic, dull" is from 1570s; used of drink from c.1600; of musical notes from 1590s, because the tone is "lowered." Flat-out (adv.) "openly, directly" is from 1932; earlier it was a noun meaning "total failure" (1870, U.S. colloquial).
1801, from Scottish flat "floor or story of a house," from Old English flet "a dwelling, floor, ground," from the same source as flat (adj.).