flat out
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This word may also be spelled “flat-out.”
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An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (at full speed)
a. a toda máquina
When I got the call, I drove flat out to the hospital.Cuando recibí la llamada, fui a toda máquina al hospital.
2. (with great effort)
a. a toda máquina
I'm working flat out to finish the report.Estoy trabajando a toda máquina para terminar el informe.
b. por todos los medios
The social workers tried flat out to help me.Los trabajadores sociales intentaron por todos los medios a ayudarme.
3. (downright)
a. rotundamente
The reviewers flat out rejected my paper.Los críticos rotundamente rechazaron mi artículo.
b. categóricamente
This conclusion is flat-out wrong.Esta conclusión es categóricamente incorrecta.
c. por completo
Kelsey isn't sick. She flat out lied to me.Kelsey no está enferma. Me mintió por completo.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
4. (complete)
a. total
Leaving your job to be a groupie would be a flat-out mistake.Dejar tu trabajo para ser groupie sería un error total.
b. absoluto
If you leave the trail, you could find yourself in flat-out danger.Si sales del camino, te puedes encontrar en peligro absoluto.
5. (lying down)
a. tirado
The dog is flat out under the ceiling fan.El perro está tirado bajo el ventilador de techo.
b. echado
After the surgery, I spent three days flat out in bed.Después de la cirugía, pasé tres días echada en la cama.
6. (exhausted) (United Kingdom)
a. hecho polvo
That practice was really tough. I'm flat out.Ese entrenamiento fue muy duro. Estoy hecho polvo.
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