I shuffle through the sheet music, avoiding tunes in keys with more than two sharps or flats, until I hit on “Old Shanghai.”
Feather had recorded as a pianist, and although he would never put Oscar Peterson out of business, he knew his sharps and flats.
The wounded warrior in front of me rode so well, and so fast, dusting me in the flats, that for a while I forgot he was a veteran.
Real estate was a hot investment for the moneyed of China, but as the market cooled down in many cities, flats were left empty.
One that they cannot cash in at the bank to pay for their flats.
The house on the hill before us, above fields sloping to the flats, is the Thwaite house.
The flats are very grassy, but the hills are covered with spinifex.
It is all very rough in that there are nowhere any flats except for the narrow playa strips along the streams.
Twenty times I must have gone up and down the staircase which separated our two flats.
The secretary of these flats, even the hall porter, should have a master key.
"level tidal tract," 1540s, from flat (n.) "level piece of ground" (late 12c.), from flat (adj.).
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.).