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flatten someone or something out

to make someone or something flat. If you fall under the steamroller, it will flatten you out. Flatten out that dough a little more. Please flatten it out.
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flatten out

1. To become completely flat: The graph indicated that sales were strong in July but that they flattened out in August.
2. To make something completely flat: I flattened out the crumpled paper and wrote on it. The iron flattened the wrinkly fabric out.
3. To knock someone to the ground: The boxer flattened out his opponent. The bicyclist flattened the pedestrian out.
See also: flatten, out


tv. to knock someone down with a blow. Shorty flattened the kid with a jab to the nose.
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Shortly thereafter Flatten was promoted to reservation manger at U-Haul Company of Portland, and then went on to serve as GM for U-Haul Moving and Storage at Andersen Road, U-Haul Moving and Storage at Clackamas Town Center and U-Haul Moving and Storage of Tigard.
Flatten your stomach and improve your posture by pulling your navel in toward your spine.
However, if the change is not viewed as permanent, long-term rates do not rise as much and the yield curve flattens.
BOSTON -- The Strategy Analytics GaAs and Compound Semiconductor Technologies (GaAs) service has released, "Point-to-point Radio GaAs Component Demand from Cellular Backhaul," forecasting that GaAs revenues from this market will flatten from 2008 onwards corresponding to slowing unit shipment growth of point-to-point radios used for cellular backhaul.
The big economic wins in this decade and the next will likely go to those companies who are able to flatten and accelerate their knowledge chains.
According to relativity theory, normally spherical nuclei flatten at the speeds they attain within RHIC because matter contracts along its direction of motion.
Labour MSP and Tartan Army member John Park said: "The Tories flattened Ravenscraig, they tried to flatten Rosyth - and they tried to flatten Hampden too.
If you have a bulging belly, a pair of control pants will flatten you and give you a trimmer tummy.
Enforcing a new city law that allows for the destruction of vehicles seized in street races, Bratton and Hahn gave the OK for a junkyard employee to flatten the Camaro with a 4-ton steel plate.
Having been in this business for 40 years, when we started some dealers were using Sherman Tanks or whatever they had on hand to flatten cars," says Kneen.
The management changes, which will eliminate three executive officer positions, will help flatten Shawmut's organizational structure and reduce layers of management.
A HEAD teacher who used water to flatten a pupil's hair has been reprimanded.
For each cake, drop 2 or 3 tablespoonsful spinach mixture into pan and flatten to form a cake.
Uncover, and turn sandwiches with a spatula, pressing firmly to flatten slightly.
The balls behave in an unusual, possibly useful way: In strong electric fields, they flatten out and partially unravel to form a flat, overlapping pattern of loops.