on the flat

on the flat

on level ground as opposed to uphill

(of a horse race) on an open course as opposed to one with jumps


fall flat

fail completely to produce the intended or expected effect.

fall flat on your face

fall over forwards

fail in an embarrassingly obvious way

flat as a pancake

completely flat

flat out

as fast or as hard as possible – informal

without hesitation or reservation

unequivocally - chiefly North American

1995 - Independent - Since August 1993 she has been working flat out on her latest three part documentary.

1993 - Coloradoan - She flat out said she didn't trust her fellow board members.

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