Learner's definition of FLAT OUT
1 chiefly US : in a very clear and direct way 2 : at the fastest possible speed
The car does 180 mph flat out.
We've been working flat out. [=as hard as possible]
He was running flat out. [=as fast as possible]
3 US, informal
usuallyflat-out — used to make a statement more forceful
This class is just flat-out confusing.
The movie was flat-out lousy.
She flat-out [=completely] missed the target.