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But how—seeing that at any moment he felt he might fall flat in the dust, and stay there for ever!

I wouldn't marry Pole now—not if he was to fall flat and howl for me.

If we are fired on from the rear do not turn but fall flat on the horse's neck.

A German rocket bothered them once, but the German was quick as they to fall flat.

Davis he shot, and saw him sway and fall flat, with a smoking gun in his hand.

After it, everything else was bound to fall flat, dull, and unimpressive.

Lessons and recitations, despite the best efforts of Halsey and Beach and the lamb-like bleatings of Meeker, seemed to fall flat.

Every time one of those z-z-ping minies came near him he would leap in the air and then fall flat on the ground.

Just then he struck some sort of obstacle that caused him to fall flat on his stomach with a fierce grunt.

Everything they said seemed always to stumble over the childs obstinate silence and fall flat.

WORD ORIGIN

early 14c., from Old Norse flatr, from Proto-Germanic *flataz (cf. Old Saxon flat "flat, shallow,: Old High German flaz "flat, level," Old English flet, Old High German flezzi "floor"), perhaps from PIE *plat- "to spread" (cf. Greek platys "broad, flat;" see plaice (n.)).

Sense of "prosaic, dull" is from 1570s; used of drink from c.1600; of musical notes from 1590s, because the tone is "lowered." Flat-out (adv.) "openly, directly" is from 1932; earlier it was a noun meaning "total failure" (1870, U.S. colloquial).

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