- 1Make or become flat or flatter: [with object]: her hair had been flattened by the storm [no object]: after Kendal, the countryside begins to flatten outMás ejemplos en oraciones
- Secondly, the mixture is then flattened out in the blending machine, and then it is flattened further in an extruder machine.
- The heavy boots he wore had long ago flattened and grass he walked on, making a perfectly straight path where he had paced for the past few hours.
- She quickly brushed, combed, and flattened her hair.
- 1.1 [with object and adverbial of place] Press (oneself or one’s body) against a surface: Guy flattened himself against the wallMás ejemplos en oraciones
- A group of children noisily pushed through the crowd, so Jag flattened himself against the wall to keep from getting squashed.
- He has flattened himself violently against the wall, his knees bent in towards it, body shaking.
- She flattened herself against the treetrunk and waited.
- 2 [with object] Raze (a building or settlement) to the ground: the entire town centre was flattened by the 500 lb bombMás ejemplos en oraciones
- The army has used its newly acquired firepower to flatten houses and other buildings, destroy coconut plantations and turn the city into a virtual ghost town.
- But the torrent of brown water, which was already flattening buildings, wiped out the jeep, drowning her grandchildren.
- Just 12 minutes after the order, the bombs were dropped from an altitude of 20,000 ft, flattening the building.
- 2.1 • informal Strike (someone) so as to make them fall down: Flynn flattened him with a single punchMás ejemplos en oraciones
- A vision of me stepping on him, wobbling and then falling on him, flattening him like a pancake flashed through my head.
- I was about to wish for a rock to fall off the sky and flatten me into a very slow and painful death, when the doorbell rang.
- He said: ‘The old guy looked in good shape and I'm sure he would have flattened the other guy - if he could have caught him.’
- 2.3 • informal Humiliate or depress (someone): the controversy has flattened everybody hereMás ejemplos en oraciones
- My friend The Teacher would always say that Sunday is a day that can flatten you if you're not feeling on top of the world.
- When, in my fifties, my wife left me I was flattened.
Verbos con partícula
- 1(Of an increasing quantity or rate) show a less marked rise; slow down: over the last two years our sales increase has flattened outMás ejemplos en oraciones
- Despite an ongoing economic boom, Portland's housing cost increases flattened out after 1995, and now roughly match the rate of inflation.
- On the other hand, the survey report will point out that the recent fall in unemployment is slowing, effectively flattening out over the past three months.
- The long ‘plateau’ period where this rise in prosecutions flattened out is more difficult to explain.
- 2Make an aircraft fly horizontally after a dive or climb: he flattened out and made a fine three-point landingMás ejemplos en oraciones
- People out fishing reported seeing the aircraft flying straight and level, then entering a spiral dive before flattening out momentarily.
- The Ju 88 went into a steep, jinking dive with the rear gunner firing at the other members of his Section who all attacked, until the Ju 88 flattened out and crash-landed at high speed.