American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adv. Informal In a direct manner; bluntly: told me the truth flat out.
- adv. Informal At top speed: running flat out.
“Already Pilot Fish was half a length ahead on the rails, Butterscotch Lass in fine position not flat out yet, Winning Billy alongside, back a little from Noble Star on the outside, crowding the others for a better place in the pack, all jockeys knowing that all binoculars were trained on them so any pulling or interference better be clever and cautious.”
“We had had this absolute flat out rule that everybody subscribed to, that anybody could come to the meetings, any organization that sent a representative that supported the anti-poll tax.”
“So many players today sulk after a pitcher induces a weakly hit tapper; others sadly, just flat out dog it.”
“The stallion shot forward, inches from the rails, flat out now as Butterscotch Lass got the spurs and whip an instant later, for all the jockeys knew it was now or never.”
“But running flat out in my best town shoes with leather soles and heels and rubber quarters running, if you're my colour, build and age, and carrying a briefcase running at full pelt in bomb-shocked London and looking straight ahead of you, manic ally not asking anyone for help and bumping into people in your haste that kind of running, at any time of day, is frankly unhinged, and at rush hour, demented.”
“He'd bought Marten burg Sunhawk because a Doberman might be better equipped to defend his house and found that he flat out preferred the larger dogs.”
“The President had flown her to Wallops Island, invited her onboard his plane, poured her coffee, told her flat out that he intended to use her to political advantage against her own father, and now he was announcing he intended to give her classified information illegally.”
“Ky had said flat out she intended not only to use the shipboard ansible installed on Osman’s ship, but also to share the others with allies.”
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