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[flat-out] /ˈflætˈaʊt/
adjective, Informal.
moving or working at top speed or with maximum effort; all-out:
a flat-out effort by all contestants.
downright; thoroughgoing:
Many of the paintings were flat-out forgeries.
Origin of flat-out
1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • flat-out speed, for a long time the measure of a supercomputer's worth, may be going out of style.
  • Performance running footwear amplified for flat-out-speed.
  • He was a flat-out, knee-crawling thug with the morals of a weasel on speed.
  • Someone who tells you anything other than a flat-out no is probably willing to negotiate a bit.
  • Her approach had changed from a few hours earlier when she flat-out denied any kind of haunting.
  • But that was the only resurgence of flat-out theatre of cruelty.
  • Much of what medical researchers conclude in their studies is misleading, exaggerated, or flat-out wrong.
  • Sports combines human drama with something life flat-out does not and cannot have: finality.
  • Brock and the band also seemed flat-out disdainful of anything that smacked of rock showmanship.
  • In fact, they flat-out refused to let him play golf.
Slang definitions & phrases for flat-out


  1. Open and direct; unambiguous; plain: Bunuel resorts to flat-out assertions in the last scene/ This time a flat-out demand
  2. Total; unrestricted •The noun flat-out, ''a failure,'' is found by 1870; the following example is an unconscious redundancy: a husband who was a flat-out failure/ Despite its creep-show pretensions, much of it is flat-out dull

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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