Rather than berate Mitt for the sin of being rich, he said he wanted a flatter tax so everyone could pay the “Romney rate.”
He would threaten, cajole, flirt, flatter, hug, and get the bill passed.
Because it is futile to hope to persuade or convince or flatter the opposition.
Americans may flatter themselves that they are governed more lightly than other advanced countries.
Running-Mate Question Allows Candidates to flatter Each Other If ever there was an “Are we in high school?”
I tell you, sisters, it was sharp work; but I flatter myself you were not in any way disgraced.
Very well; she might flatter herself that she had for a mother a most famous hussy.
Since I have not long to live, do not suffer a mistaken compassion to induce you to flatter my family with false hopes.
His speech was not eloquent, nor did it flatter the Leopard Woman, but it was to the point.
But what was there to flatter the vanity in the belief of a proclamation which was foolishness to the Greeks?
early 13c., from Old French flater "to flatter" (13c.), originally "stroke with the hand, caress," from Frankish *flat "palm, flat of the hand" (see flat (adj.)). "[O]ne of many imitative verbs beginning with fl- and denoting unsteady or light, repeated movement" [Liberman]. Related: Flattered; flattering.
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.).