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or flat-top

[flat-top] /ˈflætˌtɒp/
noun, Informal.
an aircraft carrier.
a type of crew cut in which the hair is cropped in a flat plane across the top.
Origin of flattop
First recorded in 1940-45; flat1 + top1
Related forms
flat-topped, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for flat-top
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  • In the center of the room was a large, flat-top desk, and upon it was an extension 'phone from the country line.

    Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford George Randolph Chester
  • flat-top,” my beaver neighbor, was a pioneer and a colony-founder.

    In Beaver World Enos Abijah Mills
  • They worked desperately, and from time to time I caught sight of flat-top.

    In Beaver World Enos Abijah Mills
  • flat-top was the name I gave him because of his straight back.

    In Beaver World Enos Abijah Mills
  • Lastly, the flat-top molars, or grinding teeth, of which there are six in each jaw.

    A Civic Biology George William Hunter
  • You see that flat-top mountain—the first mountain in the northwest?

    The Pike's Peak Rush Edwin L. Sabin
  • The doctor's flat-top desk was large and well made; the papers were in orderly piles, under glass weights.

    Song of the Lark Willa Cather
  • Verily, she looked like a princess out on winter parade as she advanced toward a broad, flat-top table in the center of the room.

    Edith and John Franklin S. Farquhar
  • Inside the newspaper office another young man sat with his head lying on a flat-top desk.

    Windy McPherson's Son Sherwood Anderson
  • Frémont limited our advance to the line of flat-top Mountain until he should himself be ready to open the campaign in the north.

British Dictionary definitions for flat-top


(US) an informal name for aircraft carrier
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for flat-top

"aircraft carrier," 1943, U.S. Navy, from flat (adj.) + top (n.). As a style of haircut, from 1956.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for flat-top



An aircraft carrier (WWII armed forces)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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