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 Flash Men and Flash Notes.Flat-fish. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
One who is not sharp; a suite of rooms on one floor.   1
        “Oh, Messrs… . what flats you are!”—The Times.
        “He said he was going to have a flat to let on the top floor.”—Howells: Hazards of New Fortunes. vol. i. part i. p. 123.
   Flat as a flounder. I knocked him down flat as a flounder. A flounder is one of the flat-fish.   2
   Flat as a pancake. Quite flat. A pancake is a thin flat cake, fried in a pan.   3

 Flash Men and Flash Notes.Flat-fish. 


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