be (flat) on one's back

idi be (flat) on one's back, to be ill, helpless, or overcome by circumstances

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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  • on one's back — in bed recovering from an injury or illness ■ full length on the ground he slipped off the heap and landed flat on his back …   Useful english dictionary

  • back — back1 [bak] n. [ME bak < OE baec; akin to ON bak, OHG bahho] 1. the part of the body opposite to the front; in humans and many other animals, the part to the rear or top reaching from the nape of the neck to the end of the spine 2. the… …   English World dictionary

  • flat — flat1 flatly, adv. flatness, n. /flat/, adj., flatter, flattest, n., v., flatted, flatting, adv. adj. 1. horizontally level: a flat roof. 2. level, even, or without unevenness of surface, as land or tabletop …   Universalium

  • back — back1 backless, adj. /bak/, n. 1. the rear part of the human body, extending from the neck to the lower end of the spine. 2. the part of the body of animals corresponding to the human back. 3. the rear portion of any part of the body: the back of …   Universalium

  • back — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. See rear. v. t. support; aid; promote, fund, finance (See means); stand behind, encourage. v. i. move backward, reverse. See regression. Ant., front. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. rear, hinder, after,… …   English dictionary for students

  • back — I [[t]bæk[/t]] n. 1) anat. zool. the rear part of the human body, from the neck to the end of the spine 2) anat. the part of the body of animals corresponding to the human back 3) the rear portion of any part of the body: the back of the… …   From formal English to slang

  • back — I n 1. rear, end, tail end, heel, stern; posterior, breech, buttocks, rump, fundament, hindquarters, (of animals) loins, (horse) croup; (of the neck) nape, (of the neck) scruff, (of the head) Anat. occiput; reverse, reverse side, other side, flip …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing — Theatrical release poster Directed by Robert Stevenson …   Wikipedia

  • back — 1 adverb 1 RETURN in or into the place or position where someone or something was before: Freddie was supposed to be back at the hotel by six. | Put that book back where you found it! | We d better go back, she said regretfully. 2 AS BEFORE in or …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • flat — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun 1 (BrE) set of rooms ⇨ See also ↑apartment ADJECTIVE ▪ big, spacious ▪ modest ▪ cramped, little, poky …   Collocations dictionary

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