Running Mate Question Allows Candidates to flatter Each Other If ever there was an “Are we in high school?”
Rather than berate Mitt for the sin of being rich, he said he wanted a flatter tax so everyone could pay the “Romney rate.”
Book three will have to contend with postmodern times—the end of history, and the birth of a greyer, flatter world.
He would threaten, cajole, flirt, flatter, hug, and get the bill passed.
Women know how to flatter, are generally more observant, and definitely read body language better.
I tell you, sisters, it was sharp work; but I flatter myself you were not in any way disgraced.
Who cannot flatter, and detest who can, Tremble before a noble serving-man?
Since I have not long to live, do not suffer a mistaken compassion to induce you to flatter my family with false hopes.
But I flatter myself I have few rivals as an accomplished listener.
But what was there to flatter the vanity in the belief of a proclamation which was foolishness to the Greeks?
early 13c., from Old French flater "to flatter" (13c.), originally "stroke with the hand, caress," from Frankish *flat "palm, flat of the hand" (see flat (adj.)). "[O]ne of many imitative verbs beginning with fl- and denoting unsteady or light, repeated movement" [Liberman]. Related: Flattered; flattering.
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.).