Flat out like a lizard drinking

to be, or have been, hard at work. originating in australia.
“g’day mate, how ya been?”

“mate! i’ve been flat out like a lizard drinking! this is hard yakka! i’ve been working on it for yonks!”
1. verb/simile. to be working really hard, or so under the pump that you’ve found yourself dehydrated.

2. verb/simile. (sarcastic) doing nothing at all.
1. how are ya, mate?
oh, dude, i’m flat out like a lizard drinking.
up for a brewskie later then?
yeah, for sure.

2. how are ay, mate?
oh, dude, i’m flat out like a lizard drinking.
yeah righto, come out for a brewskie then.
orright, seeya in a sec.
adj. simile. to be extremely busy to the point of running “flat out,” a play on words involving the image of a lizard that physically stretches itself thin to literally drink water from a pond etc.
slacking off? are you kidding, mate? i’m flat out like a lizard drinking.

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