In fairness, like glossies anywhere, French tabloids are fallible, prone to playing up alleged trysts that fall flat.
Lessons and recitations, despite the best efforts of Halsey and Beach and the lamb-like bleatings of Meeker, seemed to fall flat.
I wouldn't marry Pole now—not if he was to fall flat and howl for me.
He approached a native with a joke on his lips, expecting to see it fall flat, as he had been taught would be the case.
Davis he shot, and saw him sway and fall flat, with a smoking gun in his hand.
Indeed, had I not possessed the presence of mind to fall flat upon the beach I should have gone kittering.
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.
The scheme will fall flat sooner or later and leave the boy still despising the work and mistrustful of his employer.
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).
1801, from Scottish flat "floor or story of a house," from Old English flet "a dwelling, floor, ground," from the same source as flat (adj.).