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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."
References in classic literature ?
Go back or I'll flatten you into a pancake," repeated he.
Twice again, imperatively, he called Jerry to him, and twice again, with flattened ears of gentleness and wagging tail, Jerry good-naturedly expressed his disinclination.
Indeed, this deformed, unrecognizable object, reduced to nothing, was the body of Satellite, flattened like a bagpipe without wind, and ever mounting, mounting!
At the sound of his voice, Wolf's ears had flattened down, then his mouth had opened in a laugh.
"Brown!" His voice rang out sharply, and at the sound the dog's ears flattened down as to a caress.
With nose serrulated by continuous spasms, hair bristling in recurrent waves, tongue whipping out like a red snake and whipping back again, ears flattened down, eyes gleaming hatred, lips wrinkled back, and fangs exposed and dripping, he could compel a pause on the part of almost any assailant.
"The terrestrial, globular, planetary hunk of matter, slightly flattened at the poles, and known as the Earth, is my abode.
"The imps have put all their strength again at the paddles, and we are to struggle for our scalps with bits of flattened wood, instead of clouded barrels and true eyes.
Now, major, if you will try to use this piece of flattened wood, I'll let
Peter and Benjamin flattened their noses against the window, and stared into the dusk.
Their tails are flattened sideways, and all four feet partially webbed.