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A local English channel warns drivers to set their tire pressure a bit lower since the weather is scorching hot. The announcer says this could avoid getting a flat. He does not say 'avoid getting a flat tire'.
Is 'flat' same as 'flat tire' in this case? Thank you.
And I probably should have pointed out that in BrE, we normally just say "I've got a puncture".
In AmE, "get a flat" is immediately understood to mean a flat (or punctured) tire. For example, a person might arrive late to work and would simply explain to the boss "Sorry I'm late, I got a flat."
Flats as residences do exist in the US, but they're less common than apartments and condominiums. In the US a "flat" refers to a residence that has basically been divided in half horizontally - both upstairs and downstairs have all the amenities of a home (bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, etc), but both are completely self-contained and separate and have their own private entrances.