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flat adj. (not very freq.; chiefly in fig. uses)
1. absolute, downright Meas. II. ii. 131 “ blasphemy,” Ado II. i. 231 “the transgression of a schoolboy,” IV. ii. 45, John III. i. 298; “that's ” (not pre-S. =that's the absolute, undeniable truth LLL. III. i. 107, 1H4 I. iii. 218, IV. ii. 43.
2. stupid, dull H5 I. Chor. 9 “ unraised spirits,” Troil. IV. i. 62 “a flat tamed piece.”
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