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flat out

1. As fast as possible. Even if I ran flat out, there's no way I could catch her—she's the fastest runner in the heat.
2. Bluntly or frankly. She flat out told us no, so I wouldn't ask her again.
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flat out

 
1. clearly and definitely; holding nothing back. I told her flat out that I didn't like her. They reported flat out that the operation was a failure.
2. at top speed. How fast will this car go flat out? This car will hit about 110 miles per hour flat out.
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flat out

1. In a direct manner, bluntly. For example, He told the true story flat out. [Colloquial; mid-1900s]
2. At top speed, as in She was running flat out to catch the train. [Slang; c. 1930]
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flat out

1 as fast or as hard as possible. informal 2 without hesitation or reservation; unequivocally. chiefly North American
1 1995 Independent Since August 1993 she has been working flat out on her latest three part documentary.
2 1993 Coloradoan She flat out said she didn't trust her fellow board members.
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flat ˈout

(informal)
1 as fast as possible; with all the energy, strength, etc. you have: If I worked flat out, I could get all the repairs done today.
2 lying down, especially because you are ill or extremely tired: He was flat out on the bed.
3 (especially American English) in a definite and direct way; completely: I told him flat out ‘No’.It’s a 30-year mortgage, which we just flat out can’t handle.
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flat out

1. mod. totally. We were all flat out disgusted.
2. mod. at top speed. If we run flat out, we can get there before dusk.
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