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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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Orwellian doublespeak and flat-out lies have become routine, almost a daily occurrence by now, that it is difficult to keep track.
Firstly, all the special stages of the rally are covered with snow, and this requires equipping the cars with spiked tyres (384 Spiked Nails) in order to attain maximum grip during all the rally stages, coupled with extreme thoughtfulness to curving, braking, and maneuvering tricky flat-outs, where even the slightest error from either driver or co-driver could result in dire consequences and the loss of precious seconds, or even minutes," he said.