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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.
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tv. to knock someone down with a blow. Shorty flattened the kid with a jab to the nose.
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Our paper is related to Kambourov and Manovskii (2009), Guvenen and Kuruscu (2010), Hendricks (2015), and Jeong, Kim, and Manovskii (2015), who also document the flattening of earnings profiles of successive cohorts of workers.
The degree of flattening was measured from the horizontal length and vertical length of an egg.
officials simply to ignore completely the fact that the severe flattening of the Japanese yield curve contributed to a collapse in bank profitability and lending, which helped fuel a self-reinforcing deflationary spiral and two decades of economic misery.
There was no reason for the flattening other than his preferred sleeping position - flat on the back of his head with little movement whilst asleep.
HAVANA -- The sugarcane industry suffered one of the most severe blows in the last decade when Hurricane Michelle hit the island, flattening 35% of the sugarcane crop and causing severe damage to more than a dozen sugar mills in its path.
If T is upfield, backdoor his block by lowering your inside shoulder and flattening down the line.
But these spreads, which are priced on the perceived level of additional risk that a real estate investment has over a treasury bond, will increase inevitably, as the economic fall-out causes defaults, sublets, and flattening rents.
These fears, while legitimate, keep us from directing attention to the enemy, which is the flattening greed of global Capitalism.
The physical examination revealed a short stature, head circumference as noted, an intact palate, broadening of her forehead, and flattening of her nasal bridge.
Automated lamellar keratoplasty also reshapes the cornea using a microsurgical instrument to remove a minuscule layer covering the cornea, thus flattening it to correct virtually any degree of nearsightedness.
While such sources generally produce a totally flat light curve rather than the slowly declining one observed, Suntzeff says the latest data indicate 1987A's curve appears to be flattening.
Now the marvel of laser surgery is being used to reshape t new type of laser beam that permits removal of corneal tissue with great precisi is corrected by flattening the corneal surface; farsightedness is corrected by r material around the middle to increase its curvature--and the entire procedure c an hour on an outpatient basis.
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