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    #1

    I'll beat you black and blue with the flat=?

    I'll beat you black and blue with the flat=?

    What does the sentence mean?

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    #2

    Re: I'll beat you black and blue with the flat=?

    I am not a teacher.

    'The flat of' means the flat part of something, such as a hand.

    If you beat/strike someone repeatedly with the flat of your hand, or other object, they will become bruised. Bruises are black and blue in colour. Get it?

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    #3

    Re: I'll beat you black and blue with the flat=?

    It means nothing as it is. It's incomplete.

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    Re: I'll beat you black and blue with the flat=?

    Polyester, please tell us where you saw 'I'll beat you black and blue with the flat=?'

    It's meaningless as written.

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    Re: I'll beat you black and blue with the flat=?

    The author is C.S Lewis.
    The book is The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
    Please help.

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    #6

    Re: I'll beat you black and blue with the flat=?

    Was that exactly how the sentence was written? Did it really end with "... flat=?"?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #7

    Re: I'll beat you black and blue with the flat=?

    The full quote makes things clearer:

    “Why do you not draw your own sword, poltroon!” cheeped the Mouse. “Draw and fight or I'll beat you black and blue with the flat.” (Source)

    The mouse will beat the person not with the sharp sides of the blade but with the flat part to inflict pain but not injury.

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    Re: I'll beat you black and blue with the flat=?

    As always, complete quotes and context mean that we can actually answer the question.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I'll beat you black and blue with the flat=?

    I'm still confused.

    Is the word "flat" a adjective or verb here?

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    Re: I'll beat you black and blue with the flat=?

    It is definitely not a verb. It is functioning as a noun.

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