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leave (one) flat

1. To leave one feeling bored, unamused, or unimpressed. His stupid puns left the entire audience flat. The characters were interesting, but the lackluster story really left me flat.
2. To abandon or forsake one, especially suddenly or unexpectedly. The manager just quit one day and left us flat. The office has been in total disarray since then. I thought the date had been going well, but she left me flat after we finished dinner.
3. To leave one alone or in a desperate situation with no money or resources. It will leave us completely flat if they don't approve our funding for next year. That electricity bill has left me flat until I get paid this Thursday.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

leave someone flat

1. Fig. to fail to entertain or stimulate someone. Your joke left me flat. We listened carefully to his lecture, but it left us flat.
2. Fig. to leave someone without any money—flat broke. Paying all my bills left me flat. The robber took all my money and left me flat.
3. Fig. to leave someone completely and suddently alone. I was at the dance with Harry, but when he met Alice, he left me flat. They just walked off and left us flat.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

leave flat

Forsake or abandon completely, especially without warning. For example, He didn't tell her he wasn't picking her up; he just left her flat. [Colloquial; c. 1900] Also see high and dry; leave in the lurch.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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The bees must have worked at very nearly the same rate on the opposite sides of the ridge of vermilion wax, as they circularly gnawed away and deepened the basins on both sides, in order to have succeeded in thus leaving flat plates between the basins, by stopping work along the intermediate planes or planes of intersection.
It's a long way from London to Newton Abbot, so Creighton stayed at home to watch the race on At The Races - the contest's sponsor - leaving Flat jockey son Edward to do the talking.
STEAMY: Dev and Deirdre; PASSION: Hayley is besotted with Jimmi; FOOD OF LOVE: Jimmi and Hayley enjoy meal after (right) leaving flat Pictures: CARTWRIGHT/CARROLL; TREAT: Flowers for Hayley and (inset) with loyal Susan
"She's a devoted and loving mother and her disappearance is totally out of character." She was last seen on May 3 leaving Flat Jacks Restaurant in Canterbury, Kent, where she works as a waitress.
It's a long way from London to Newton Abbot, so Creighton stayed at home to watch the race on At The Races, sponsors of the race, leaving Flat jockey son Edward to do the talking.
STRANGLED Jo Yeates CLUES Landlord Chris Jefferies saw group leaving flat. Inset, forensic team remove front door and tribute on flowers
The total Pattern grant has gone down by pounds 521,000 to pounds 1.562m, leaving Flat races to share out pounds 1.042m and jump racing's major events to allocate pounds 520,000.
London SW7 9:26 pm 08/07/08 FOOD FOR THOUGHT Chiles brings takeaway back to the flat; London SW7 9:48 pm 08/07/08 ON HER WAY Christine turns up at the property; CHEMISTRY Pair co-present One Show on BBC - where they finally hit it off after a bad start; London SW7 10:43 pm 08/07/08 CALL ME A CAB She looks for taxi after leaving flat; London SW7 10:56 pm 08/07/08 I'M OFF Now Chiles also makes his exit from the flat; SOFA SO GOOD Chiles leaves coffee shop 10 minutes after Christine Notting Hill 1:15 pm 11/07/08; Notting Hill 1:25 pm 11/07/08