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flatten

To remove structural information, especially to filter something with an implicit tree structure into a simple sequence of leaves; also tends to imply mapping to flat ASCII. "This code flattens an expression with parentheses into an equivalent canonical form."
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Seam free shaping leggings, PS18, Figleaves Medium control support panels to flatten tummy and has no-show look for smooth shape under clothes.
In the tights a knitted woven sling cups the buttocks lifting and shaping them without flattening the natural curve and Secret Slimming technology is used to weave them fabric to again slim and smooth the thighs and flatten the tummy.
This shows a line from Berwick out into the North Sea which mysteriously flattens out.
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However, if the change is not viewed as permanent, long-term rates do not rise as much and the yield curve flattens.
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