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Posted by Anwar on August 06, 2003

In Reply to: Help! posted by sphinx on August 06, 2003

: : 1. To pay a flat fee is to pay one price for a number of things that can be purchased separately. So someone might pay a flat fee of $1000 for a vacation including rooms, meals and transportation.

: Could you think of another example of the use of "flat" with the same meaning?

I have heard the term "flat rate" used for electricity charges. When the rate per unit is fixed irrespective of the number of units consumed they call it a "flat rate", as against the one when rate per unit consumed varies (usually increasing after every 100 or so units).