flat out like a lizard drinking


flat out like a lizard drinking
Extremely busy, at top speed. This is word play on two different meanings of the standard English 'flat out'. The literal sense is to lie fully stretched out (like a lizard), and the figurative sense means as fast as possible. The phrase also alludes to the rapid tongue-movement of a drinking lizard. It is sometimes shortened, as in 'we're flat out like a lizard trying to meet the deadline'.

Australian idioms. 2014.

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