Flat out!

What with a new store/showroom/warehouse/distribution centre to set up at 106 - 108 Bakers Rd, Coburg Nth, AND containers of new fabrics arriving from overseas any moment we’re flat out like lizards drinking! Our overseas visitors to this page might like to read on… 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. The phrase was first recorded in the 1930’s.