“I got a flat.”

English Lesson: I got a flat.

You were late for work this morning because you had trouble with one of the tires on your car. You're explaining to your boss why you're late.

I got a flat.

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(someone) got a flat

When you're talking about cars and driving, a "flat" means a flat tire: a tire that the air has come out of.

You can either say that someone "got a flat tire":

I was on time, but then I had to stop because I got a flat tire.

...or you can just say that they "got a flat":

Would you know how to change the tire if you got a flat?