flat on one's back
Sick in bed. For example, The flu has put her flat on her back.
Helpless, without recourse, defeated, as in I wish I could help but the recession has put me flat on my back.
What’s The #’s Real Name?A hash has referred to stripes on military jackets since as early as 1910. But, in the 1980s, people started using hash to refer to the # symbol.
Fiancé vs. Fiancée: Which One Is Which?Fiancé and fiancée are different words? If you’ve ever wondered whether it was spelled fiancé or fiancée , well, they’re both correct. They’re both correct because they are actually different terms. English borrowed them from variants of the French verb fiancer (meaning “to get engaged”) in the mid-19th century. The masculine (fiancé) and feminine (fiancée) noun forms were both imported by English speakers, even though English doesn’t typically use gendered …
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