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[flat-lee] /ˈflæt li/
adverb
1.
absolutely and without qualification:
Our offer was flatly rejected.
2.
without vitality or animation:
He spoke flatly about the death of his wife.
3.
in a level, even, or smooth manner:
Apply the tape flatly to the pipe.
Origin of flatly
1560-1570
First recorded in 1560-70; flat1 + -ly
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adv.

early 15c., in a literal sense, from flat (adj.) + -ly (2). Meaning "in a plain manner" is from 1560s; sense of "in a dull manner" is from 1640s.

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