(as) flat as a strap

(as) flat as a strap

1. adjective Completely flat or flattened. I left my soda open overnight and now it's flat as a strap. The roads in this part of the country are as flat as a strap—no hills, no dips, nothing! My model of a volcano is as flat as a strap now that you've sat on it!
2. adjective Extremely fast. Primarily heard in Australia. John's new car is a beauty, and I bet it's flat as a strap. I hear that roller coaster is flat as a strap, so I really don't think you're going to like it. Mary was flat as a strap as she raced out of the room to avoid being caught by the teacher.
3. adjective Very busy; preoccupied with many different things at once. Primarily heard in Australia. Sorry I couldn't make it to lunch today, I've been as flat as a strap with the kids all day. I've been flat as a strap at work lately—I barely have time to see my kids anymore. Believe me, this audit has kept everyone in the department flat as a strap for months. We can't wait till it's over!
4. adverb At the greatest possible speed, efficiency, or power. Primarily heard in Australia. We drove that car flat as a strap out of town. The whole team is working as flat as a strap to get this project finished on time. Good luck beating Chris in the race—that dude runs flat as a strap.
See also: flat, strap
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