7. flats low shoes, loafers, pumps; espa-
drilles, sandals, Brit, plimsolls, sneakers.
8. level ground, lowland, plain, steppe, tundra, champaign, flat or open country; prairie, grassland, savannah, Brit, heath, Chiefly Brit, moor, (both in South America) pampas, campo; plateau, tableland, mesa.
9. marsh, morass, bog, swamp; shoal, shallow, sandbank, sand bar.
10. Informal, flat tire, blow-out.
11. tenement, apartment, room or rooms, efficiency, studio, place, SI. pad.
-v. 12. flatten, make flat, level. See - flatten (def. 1).
-adv. 13. horizontally, levelly.
14. flatly, positively, absolutely; completely, utterly.
15. exactly, precisely,
flat-footed, adj. 1. splay-footed.
2. Informal, firm, explicit, definite, uncompromising, determined, resolute, unwavering,
flatten, v. 1. make flat, flat, level, level off or out, plane, even out or off, smooth, smooth out.
2. go flat, lose fizz, become stale.
3. raze, tear down, demolish, destroy, ruin, smash; fell, chop down, cut or mow down, knock down, floor; overcome, overthrow, prostrate; step on, squelch, squash, quash, crush, put down; shoot down, put a pin in [s.o.'s] balloon, burst [s.o.'s] bubble, puncture, deflate.
flatter, v. 1. compliment, salute, praise, laud, belaud, extol, exalt, celebrate, glorify, eulogize, panegyrize, adulate, trumpet, cry up, ring or sing [s.o.'s] praises; puff, puff up, inflate, magnify, blow up, overpraise, praise to excess, praise to the skies; All Inf. slather, overdo it, lay it on, lay or spread it on thick, pile it on or up.
2. fawn, fawn upon, SI. fall all over, truckle, truckle to, toady to, toadeat, slaver, Inf. butter, Inf. honey, Inf. soap, Inf. oil; All SI. shine up to, suck up to, play up to, butter up, Inf. apple-polish, SI. brown-nose, get brownie points; court, curry favor, pay court to, dance attendance upon, lickspittle, lick [s.o.'s] shoes, kiss or lick [s.o.'s] feet, SI. bootlick, Inf. run after, Inf. be a yes man to, agree to anything.
3. cajole, wheedle, beguile, blandish, blarney, coax, palaver, gloze, Inf. soft-soap, Inf. sweet-talk; humor, jolly, pamper, coddle, pet, pander to, cater to, Inf. stroke.
4. delude, deceive, seduce, trick, hoax, fool, hoodwink, mislead, string along.
flatterer, n. 1. complimenter, saluter, praiser, lauder, laudator; extoller, exalter, celebrator, glorifier, encomiast, eulogizer, eulogist, panegyrist, adulator, trumpeter.
2. sycophant, toady, toadeater, fawner, truckler, tuft-hunter, courtier, wheedler, puffer, backslapper, backscratcher, timeserver, Inf. apple-polisher, SI. brownnose, SI. brown-noser, SI. brownie, Obs., Rare. blander, Archaic, pickthank; parasite, leech, sponge, sponger, hanger-on; flunky, lackey, Inf. yes man, jackal, spaniel, bootlick, bootlicker, footlicker, lick-spit, lickspittle, kowtower, Uncle Tom, SI. oreo, cring-er, groveler, sniveler.
3. cajoler, beguiler, blandisher, coaxer, palaverer, palaverist; humorer, coddler, pamperer, panderer, caterer, Inf. stroker.
flattery, n. 1. compliment, salute, praise, laudation; tribute, extolment, exaltation, celebration, glorification; eulogy, eulogium, eulogization, encomium, panegyric, adulation; trumpetry, crying up, ringing or singing [s.o.'s] praises, puffery, puffing up, inflation, inflating, magnification, magnifying, blowing up; overpraise, overpraising, excessive praise, praising to the skies; All Inf. slathering, overdoing it, laying it on, laying or spreading it on thick, piling it up or on.