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Discussion in 'English Only' started by colombo-aussie, Jan 25, 2010.

  1. colombo-aussie

    colombo-aussie Senior Member

    Australia
    Spanish - Colombian
    Hi,

    I've heard the expression "I'm flat out with work" in Australia, meaning that you have too much work to do, so what I really want to know is wether it's an Australian expression or it's also commonly used in America or other countries?

    Thanks.
     
  2. lian.alon22 Senior Member

    US
    US-English
    It's not common where I'm from, but I did hear it when I was in Australia as well.
     
  3. Copyright

    Copyright Senior Member

    Penang
    American English
    I hear it frequently but I couldn't tell you if I first heard it in the U.S. or in Hong Kong (I've only been to Australia once, for a week -- didn't hear it). Are you busy? I'm flat out.
     
  4. colombo-aussie

    colombo-aussie Senior Member

    Australia
    Spanish - Colombian
    Ok, it might be another aussie slang.

    Hope you had a great time here in down under.

    Cheers.
     
  5. colombo-aussie

    colombo-aussie Senior Member

    Australia
    Spanish - Colombian
    Probably you heard it in Hong Kong given that both Hong Kong and Australia were a colony of the Brtitish Empire, so I assume that these 3 countries use similar slangs. (just guessing)
     
  6. ManPaisa

    ManPaisa Senior Member

    Here and there in a topsy-turvy world
    AmE (New England) / español (Colombia)
    Never heard it in the US or Canada.
     
  7. colombo-aussie

    colombo-aussie Senior Member

    Australia
    Spanish - Colombian
    Got it, many thanks.
     
  8. HSS

    HSS Senior Member

    Sendai, Japan
    Standard Japanese, Sendaian Japanese
    I thought it meant 'tired' in Australia ....
     

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