flat out

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1. as much as possible

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working/running flat out

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Flat out is a phrase that can refer to lying down stretched out particularly if you are exhausted. Flat out can also mean 'completely' or 'without hesitation' and is a phrase that is used for emphasis, for example, 'I flat out refused to cook for him'. To be flat out can also mean to be extremely busy.

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  1. The marathon runner went flat out in the home straight and clinched the gold.
  2. I asked her out to dinner and she flat out refused in front of my friends. I've never been more embarrassed.

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  1. The whole team were working flat out in order to meet the deadline.
  2. We have been so busy this quarter everyone has been working flat out.

2. asleep

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flat out asleep/on the bed

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To be flat out can mean to be sleeping stretched out somewhere usually because of exhaustion or extreme tiredness.

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  1. He's exhausted after working all day, so he's flat out on the bed upstairs.
  2. I really need a holiday I can't wait to be flat out on the sand by the sea.

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  1. If you lie flat out on the examination table, I can take a look at your injury.
  2. The emergency services have been working flat out and around the clock to provide much-needed care to those involved in the accident.

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